|The smuggled rose wood.— Illustrative Photo VNA/VNS|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NAM — The Market Management Department of the central province of Quảng Nam yesterday seized two tonnes of rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) without clear origin from a truck.
The department stopped the truck when it was travelling in Nguyễn Hoàng Street in the province’s Tam Kỳ City.
Hoàng Văn Tùng, 36, the truck driver, failed to show legal documents to prove the origin of the timber to the department. He also admitted that he was on the way to transport the timber from HCM City to Hà Nội for sale.
Local police co-operated with the local forest management department to further investigate the case.
The rosewood tree is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is prohibited from being exploited, traded or transported in Việt Nam.— VNS