Illegal precious wood seized in Kawlin, Kachin State

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Forestry staff from Katha District and Kawlin Township in Kachin State seized nearly 9 tons of hewn Tamalan timber in the early morning of 14 March.
The Tamalan (Dalbergia Oliveri) timber was loaded on a six-wheel truck. When the officials, acting on a tip off, stopped to search the truck, U Pohkhwa was at the wheel but managed to escape. His accomplices Ko Nge and U Thein Win were arrested.  The timber worth K 1.5 million was deemed to have been in the possession of the escapee together with another two people from Wuntho town, Kachin State. Kawlin Police Station filed a lawsuit against them. In February this year, Kawlin Township Forest Department seized about 70 tons of various species of illegal woods, as well as vehicles, chainsaws, motorbikes, homemade guns and sawmilling equipment. —GNLM-018

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