1.4 tons of precious timber seized in central Vietnam
Police in Quang Binh Province weigh the precious timber Sua they seized on Wednesday.
It is not known how the timber made its way out of the park.
The trees were felled in early April, and forest rangers said it has been hard for them to protect the timber from armed loggers and mobs of locals entering the forest to grab pieces of wood.
The police said they seized more than 600 kg of wood at around 6 p.m. from a truckÂ owned byÂ Tran Thi Hoa, 41, a local.
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Illegal logging of precious timber continues in central Vietnam
Later that night another truck was stopped with 780 kg.
Further investigations are on.
Vietnam banned the use of Sua (Dalbergia tonkinensis) for commercial purposes in 2007, but the high demand due to its quality, especially from China, sustains illegal logging.
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