6 Vietnamese timber smugglers arrested in Isaan wildlife sanctuary

Wildlife rangers and officers from Chaiyaphum Police Station arrested six Vietnamese timber smugglers at the weekend at Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary in Chaiyaphum province within the Isaan area of Thailand.
The suppression of the Vietnamese timber smuggling gangs started final 12 months after Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary wildlife rangers were notified that a group of Vietnamese males entered the sanctuary to obtain agarwood.
Following an investigation, on November 25 last 12 months, officers encountered four smugglers but they managed to escape. However, one of many smugglers, a Vietnamese citizen, was arrested on December 2. Officers seized roughly 64 kilograms of agarwood items during the arrest.
From January of this yr, the wildlife rangers incessantly patrolled the area and located further proof resulting in the smuggling gang’s activity. The information they gathered led to the arrest of the six Vietnamese timber smugglers on Saturday, March 18.
The arrested suspects were Dang Hiep, Tran Cao Cuong, Nguyen Van Binh, Hoang Van Ba, Hoang Van An, and Hoang Xuan Van. Officers confiscated 171 kilograms of agarwood, two cars, and other equipment as evidence.
The gang face nine costs for violating the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act, Forest Act, and National Forest Act. The particular details of each offence and penalty have not been reported by the authorities.
Officers also reported that other suspects within the gang are still at large, and their legal acts were discovered to be associated to other overseas criminal teams in Thailand. They not solely smuggled agarwood but also smuggled other treasured timber and trafficked protected wildlife.
According to the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, between 2009 and the current, 41 Vietnamese suspects have been arrested in Thailand while 23 suspects have been arrested in Malaysia for agarwood smuggling and Bengal tiger searching.
Agarwood, generally recognized as Kritsana wooden in Thailand, is very valued because of its distinct aroma and potential health benefits. The wood has a protracted history of use in traditional medication, fragrance making, and spiritual ceremonies. Agarwood can be used to make incense and other fragrances and is a well-liked ingredient in Thai massage oils.
Thailand is amongst the world’s largest producers of agarwood, and the wood is found in varied areas all through the nation. However, as a result of over-harvesting and illegal trade, agarwood is turning into increasingly scarce and costly.
In Thailand, various measures have been carried out to protect the wood. Any harvesting or trading have to be done under the laws and laws. Covert of agarwood can range relying on quality and rarity, the rarest and highest quality agarwood can sell for tens of hundreds of dollars per kilogramme..

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