Police seized 635 logs of Siamese rosewood, or payung, worth more than 40 million baht in Sadao district of Songkhla province in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Pol Lt-Col Chavalit Kangkarat, commander of Border Patrol Police Company 437, said.
A 20-strong team of border patrol police set up a checkpoint on Kanchanavanich road in Sadao municipality on Monday night, after receiving a tip there would be an attempt to smuggle a huge amount of protected Siamese rosewood timber through the border city to Malaysia.
About 1am on Tuesday, police spotted a heavy truck with licence plate No 75-0975, Songkhla, and signalled the driver to stop for a search. They found the payung logs hidden under a covering of smoked rubber sheets.
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