PHU YEN (VNS)– The People's Committee in the central province of Phu Yen yesterday fined a man and a woman VND75 million (US$3,600) each for illegally transporting and trading valuable timber.
Le Thi Le Thu, director of the Dak Lak-based Hanh Phat Dat Trade Ltd, was found to have illegally purchased 114 blocks of Balau timber, measuring 11,887 cubic metres in total. This lumber falls into the category of Group II rare woods.
Besides being fined, driver Le Xuan Rin had his driving licence suspended for six months.
Earlier last week, the People's Committee had handed down a VND450-million (US$21,600) fine to Le Xuan Tung from the northern province of Thanh Hoa for driving an ambulance with fake licence plates while illegally transporting 49 Sunda pangolins, which are categorised as an endangered and rare species under Group IIB. The animals weighed 255.8 kilogrammes in total. —VNS