600 phayung logs seized
- Published: 14/09/2013 at 05:04 PM
- Online news:
Authorities on Saturday seized a large number of phayung (Siamese rosewood) logs worth up to 500 million baht in a house in Bung Khong Long district of Bung Kan province.
A 200-strong team of marine police, forestry and administration officials raided the houses, owned by Prasong Weruwana, chairman of the Tha Dokkam tambon administrative organisation, and found more than 600 phayung logs hidden on the premises.
The officials were acting on a tip from the Department of Special Investigation that a large number of logs were hidden at the house in tambon Tha Dokkam, waiting to be smuggled into Laos.
Mr Prasong was not at home at the time and the authorities found only a housekeeper there.
Police will summon Mr Prasong for questioning about whether he has any involvement in the illegal trade of the protected tree species.
Phayung logs are smuggled out of Thailand regularly for sale as a rare wood for producing exotic furniture. The largest logs can fetch up to 1 million baht each.
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