Bueng Kan police and troops arrested two young men yesterday who were transporting 67 pieces of protected Siamese rosewood, worth Bt5 million, to a pier in Muang district for export to Laos.
Following a tip-off, the officers found two “suspicious” vehicles heading toward the Sai Sathitchai Pier on the Mekong River in tambon Hokham.
A Toyota Fortuner sped away when officers were spotted, but a pickup was pulled over and the logs found. Two men in the truck claimed they were paid Bt10,000 by a woman, who drove the Fortuner, to deliver the logs to the pier.
In Nakhon Phanom, a Mekong River patrol unit yesterday announced the seizure of 223 rosewood pieces in two separate cases. Some 187 pieces were seized at 5am Tha Uthen district, while 36 pieces were seized on Friday night in Ban Phaeng district.
Meanwhile, Na Kae district chief Khaneung Meephrom said that following the seizure of 18 pieces of rosewood D.oliveri in a forest in tambon Kan Leung worth Bt300,000, illegal loggers had targeted another Siamese rosewood type – D.cochinchinensi, which had become rarer due to illegal logging and resulted in a crackdown on poachers.