|Illustrative photo. — VNA/VNS Photo
TAY NINH (VNS) — The People's Committee of the southern province of Tay Ninh yesterday fined Pham Minh Hoa, 40, VND15 million (US$690) for illegally transporting trac wood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis).
The Hino truck, heading from Duong Minh Chau District to HCM City, was stopped in late May by the Anti-Smuggling Unit of Trang Bang District Police, who discovered it was carrying an illegal shipment of 113 trac wood logs. Both the truck and the logs were seized.
The logs were equivalent to nearly 1.5 cubic metres of trac wood.
The truck driver said he had been paid VND400,000 ($18) to take the logs from Tay Ninh Province to HCM City.
The confiscated trac wood was valued at VND147.8 million ($6,800).
The authorities of Tay Ninh Province have so far cracked dozens of cases in the area, confiscating some 200 cubic metres of rare, valuable wood this year. — VNS