Police on trail of illegal loggers in Tak

Police on trail of illegal loggers in Tak

Local resident caught with power saw and large haul of freshly cut timber

Officials display a power saw and timber seized during a crackdown on illegal logging in Tha Song Yang district of Tak province on Wednesday. (Photo by Assawin Pinitwong)
Officials display a power saw and timber seized during a crackdown on illegal logging in Tha Song Yang district of Tak province on Wednesday. (Photo by Assawin Pinitwong)

TAK: Authorities are searching for more culprits following the arrest on Wednesday of a local villager with a large cache of valuable timber at a hotspot for illegal logging on the Thai-Myanmar border.

The suspect, identified only as 45-year-old Pakru, from tambon Mae Lah, was caught with power saws and hundreds of pieces of timber as he attempted to cut trees in Tha Song Yang National Forest, near the Mae Lah refugee camp in Tak province.

The border forest is a notorious crossroads for the illegal trade in protected wood, say police, soldiers and Royal Forest Department officials who took part in the arrest.

Among the evidence seized were 450 freshly cut planks, 225 of which were precious wood pieces expected to fetch around 5,000 baht each.

Mr Parhu was detained by Song Yang police for questioning as part of a police and Royal Forest Department investigation into local logging gangs and the routes they use.


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