Three Arrested for Transporting Rosewood in Ratanakkiri

Three men were arrested in Ratanakkiri province on Saturday night after they were caught transporting about 1 cubic meter of rosewood in two cars, an official said Monday.

Vong Serey, head of the Forestry Administration’s Ratanakkiri cantonment, said a team of administration officials and provincial police apprehended Chum Keo, 35; Sath Sery, 28; and El Pov, 44, after inspecting their vehicles at a checkpoint in Kon Mom district’s Ta Ong commune.

“We confiscated 203 pieces of rosewood from two cars and three men were arrested,” Mr. Serey said, adding that the three were likely attempting to smuggle the luxury-grade timber across the border to sell in Vietnam.

He said the men were sent to the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court on Sunday and charged under the forestry law with exporting forest products without a license.

The crime carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

[email protected]

Related Stories

Latest News

The Weekly DispatchA new weekly newsletter from The Cambodia Daily delivering news, analysis and opinion to your inbox. Published every Friday at 11:30am. Sign up today.