Illegal ironwood lumbers confiscated on Yangon-Mandalay highway

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Picture shows confiscated ironwood lumbers. Photo: Naing Lin (Hlegu)

A combined inspection team from the Forest Department stopped a vehicle carrying illegal ironwood lumbers (aka pyinkado in Myanmar) on 16 October on Yangon–Mandalay highway, Hlegu township, Yangon North District.
According to the investigation, the combined team inspected to prevent the illegal transportation on Yangon-Mandalay highway in Hlegu township. It stopped the suspected vehicles en route to Yangon from Nay Pyi Taw. But, the car drove away at high speed from the scene.
The team tried to stop the vehicle only to catch it at Milepost 0/7. When the team searched the car and found 45 illegal pyinkado lumbers weighing 1.8174 tonnes from the car.
The Forest Department filed charges against both drivers and two followers under section 42(A) of the Forest Law.—Naing Lin (Hlegu)
(Translated by Hay Mar)

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