|Illegal wood previously seized in Đắk Nông Province in April. — Photo baodaknong.org.vn|Viet Nam News
ĐẮC NÔNG — Đắk Nông Province’s traffic police yesterday evening seized a truck that was transporting dozens of cubic metres of logs of unclear origin.
The truck was travelling through a section of the Hồ Chí Minh Highway in Gia Nghĩa District’s Quảng Thành Commune in the Central Highlands province.
After his vehicle was stopped for an administrative check, the truck driver Nguyễn Phúc Ân, 27, from Bình Phước Province, failed to show any documents relating to the vehicle and the logs it was carrying. The police then seized both the vehicle and its cargo to investigate illegal logging and wood trafficking.
The seizure happened after Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reporters informed the police about the suspicious truck, which had set out from the abuttals between Đức Hòa and Đắk Môi communes in Đắk Song District.
The VNA reporters also saw many other trucks allegedly carrying trafficked logs passing through forest management and protection checkpoints without being stopped for checks.
According to the reporters, this situation happens every day. Illegal loggers are openly cutting down forest trees in the area of Đắk Song District for wood and farmland. The land in natural forests is even publicly put up for sale.
The reporters said large parts of the forests had been destroyed right near forest management and protection checkpoints in Đắk Song District’s Đắk Moi Commune.
They said it had been happening for years, but had recently accelerated, with an estimated hundreds of hectares of trees being chopped down. — VNS