HA GIANG (VNS)– More than 2.5cu.m of rare and highly valuable timber was seized on a truck by police in northern border Ha Giang Province on Thursday.
The driver could not show any papers relating to the origin of the timber, which is known as Ngoc Am (Cupressus funebris). 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