Authorities in Kratie province stopped three vans laden with big logs of first-class luxury timber in Snoul district’s Svay Chreah commune on Monday.
Commune police chief Chea Chean said that after bringing the vans to a stop, the drivers fled, leaving timber and the vans at the scene.
“The prosecutor led the joint forces. We cooperated with them to bring the vans and logs to the Svay Chreah forestry administration office,” he said. “No arrests were made.”
“Forces were deployed to stop the vans. The timber was big logs, packed full in the vans. I cannot confirm how many pieces, but there were many,” he added.
Svay Chreah forestry administration chief Sroy Thy could not be reached for comment.
However, he told local media that all the logs were of first-class luxury wood. The report added that the vans left from Prek Prasop district and were heading to Tbaung Khmum province where the drivers intended to get into Vietnam.
Chea Sopheak, deputy prosecutor at the provincial court, said that the case was to be sent to the court.
“We are looking for the people in charge,” he said. “We are preparing the case to be sent to court.”
Mr Sopheak said that a tip-off about the smuggling was received from undercover forces.
“We got the information about the wood being transported from our secret networks,” he said. “I immediately deployed forces including the forestry administration to the scene.”