Poached rosewood worth B5m seized
- Published: 13 Mar 2013 at 14.24
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Police arrested a man driving a vehicle containing illegally harvested siamese rosewood logs, or payoong, in Nakhon Ratchasima province on Wednesday, and seized lumber worth about five million baht in the market, a Daily News report said.
A team of police intercepted a farm tractor on a road in Nakhon Ratchasima's Khon Buri district and found four payoong logs hidden under a pile of cassava carried by the vehicle.
Pattana Gotepakwaen, 31, the tractor driver, confessed that he was paid 3,000 baht a trip by a businessman to transport timber from Thap Lan National Park to a cassava factory where another group of people would deliver to clients, according to police.
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