B1m phayung wood seized in Korat
published : 22 Feb 2017 at 10:18
writer: Prasit Tangprasert
NAKHON RATCHASIMA - A man was arrested, allegedly while delivering phayung wood worth almost 1 million baht in a pickup truck from Thap Lan National Park in Khon Buri district early on Wednesday, said Maj Gen Withoon Siripakmanont, commander of the provincial peace-keeping force.
Maj Gen Withoon said the man, identified later as Kitti Chuthai, 34, of Loei province, was arrested after the Ford pickup truck he was driving was intercepted on a road in tambon Chorakhe Hin in Khon Buri district.
The combined unit stopping the vehicle was responsible for the suppression of illegal phayung logging in the national park. It was under the supervision of the provincial peace-keeping force.
The authorities found in the truck 13 blocks of phayung wood, altogether about 1.19 cubic metres in total, worth about 1 million baht.
Mr Kitti allegedly said he was hired by a man from Bung Kan province for 15,000 baht to pick up the phayung wood from a sugarcane plantation near Ban Talingchan in tambon Chorakhe Hin.
Maj Gen Withoon, also commander of the 21st Military Circle, said illegal cutting of phayung trees in the park was still rampant, involving both Thai villagers and migrant workers from a neighbouring country.