|The origin of the timber, which is known as Ngoc Am.—File Photo
HA GIANG (VNS)– More than 2.5cu.m of rare but highly valuable timber was seized on a truck by police in the northern border Ha Giang Province yesterday.
The driver could not show any papers relating to the origin of the timber, which is known as Ngoc Am. The truck and its cargo, including tree roots, is being kept while police hold further investigations.
Oil extracted from the timber can be used to treat many diseases. In addition, the wood has spiritual value because it was once used to embalm members of the nobility. — VNS