Monday, August 7, 2017

Illegal hardwood seized in Mawlaik Township

 August 6, 2017
POLICE seized four tons of tanmalan, a rare hardwood, in Mawlaik, Sagaing Region, on Saturday and arrest a suspected trafficker, U Min Aung. Another suspect, identified as U Pho Soe, remains at large, police said.

After a tip-off to police from a member of public, law enforcement officials searched a six-wheel truck alongside of Chindwin River in Swedaw Ward, Mawlaik Town, Sagaing Region and found illegal timber and tree-cutting tools.

Police confiscated wood, four vehicles including two motorcycles, two handsets and about Ks64 million in cash.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, more than 16,000 tons of illegal timbers were confiscated in the first three months of this financial year. This year’s confiscations so far, are the third highest level for this time of year for the past decade.
Mawlaik Tha Lay
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

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