Illegally cut teak seized in Mae Sot

Illegally cut teak seized in Mae Sot

A combined military-police team with some of the teak seized at a house inside Mae Sot National Park in Tak on Tuesday. (Photo: Assawin Pinitwong)
A combined military-police team with some of the teak seized at a house inside Mae Sot National Park in Tak on Tuesday. (Photo: Assawin Pinitwong)

TAK: A large quantity of team wood was seized from a village near the Mae Sot National Park in Mae Sot district on Tuesday by police from the Natural Resources and Environment Crime Suppression Division and soldiers from the 4th Infantry Regiment.

A combined team of police and soldiers went to Ban Sompoy in tambon Dan Mae Lamao following a report of large-scale illegal felling of trees in Mae Sot National Park.

They found an area where many teak trees had been cut down inside the park boundary. A search at Ban Sompoy, about five kilometres away, centred on a wooden house still under construction.

Inside the house was a quantity of processed teak wood covered with canvas sheets. 

There were 10 teak blocks and 20 teak planks, about 10 cubic metres altogether.

The officials seized the wood and handed it over to police for further investigation and legal action. No arrests were made as nobody turned up to claim ownership of the wood.



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