Forestry officials and police seized more than 2,000 wild orchids and arrested four Mae Hong Son men on Thursday for allegedly poaching the flowers in the northern province.
The four suspects were stopped at a road checkpoint in Ban Pha Bong village in Tambon Pha Bong in Muang district at 5.50pm.
The officials found 2,000 wild orchids in bags at the back of their pickup truck.
The suspects were identified as Prathom Krachang, 42, Mui (no surname), 34, Kot (no surname), 24, and Chan Kingkaewkosol, 60.
They said they did not know it was illegal to collect wild orchids for sale as the they have been told by a businessman, whose name they did not know, to collect the plants to sell to him.