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Rare, precious wood found on a lorry

Update: November, 19/2013 - 14:00
These trees are listed as vulnerable and endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).— Photo vov

THUA THIEN HUE (VNS)— Police in central Thua Thien Hue Province have discovered an illegal cargo carrying roughly one tonne of rare and precious wood that is prohibited from being exploited, traded and transported in Viet Nam.

The haul included Burmese rosewood (Dalbergia oliveri), rose wood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) and Burmese padauk (Pterocarpus macrocarpus).

These trees are listed as vulnerable and endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Police stopped a lorry on Saturday for traffic violations and found the sliced wood in a container covered by electronic cargo boxes.

The lorry driver told police he had been hired to transport the wood from Phu Bai industrial park to Ha Noi. He failed to show police permits for transportation of the wood.

The province's Bureau of Forest Rangers is holding the wood, the driver and his lorry while the investigation continues.— VNS

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