Illegal teak, fishery equipment and crude oil seized

Supervised by the Anti-Illegal Trade Steering Committee, effective action is being taken to prevent illegal trade under the law.
On 7 May, a combined inspection team led by the Kachin State Anti-Illegal Trade Task Force, led by the Myanmar Police and the Forest Department, inspected a vehicle driving from Mansi to Bhamo and illegal teak (an estimated value of K285,840) was seized. The action was taken under the Forest Law.
On 9 May, an inspection team led by the Chin State Anti-Illegal Trade Task Force conducted a search operation and seized illegal liquor and beer (estimated at K745,000) in Matupi Township. The action was taken under the Chin State Act.
On 10 May, a combined team from the Mayanchaung Permanent Inspection Station searched for the management of the Customs Department and seized a package of sodium monoglutamate (estimated at K5,087,500) on a truck en route from Myawady to Yangon. The action was taken according to customs procedures.
In addition, the Myanmar Maritime Police Force and the Customs Team assigned at Tawwin checkpoint bridge under the management of the Taninthayi Region Anti-Illegal Trade Task Force conducted inspections on the same day.
During their inspection, Thai-made fishing ropes (estimated at K1,446,720) without any official documents were seized near the Golden Bear Bridge, Kawthoung Township. The action was taken according to the customs procedures.
Similarly, under the management of the Shan State Anti-Illegal Trade Task Force, a joint inspection team from the Nandaw Immigration Checkpoint inspected the vehicles and seized illegal mobile phones (estimated at K12,500,000) at the Myanmar-China Border, Muse Township and action is being taken as per customs procedures.
In addition, an inspection team led by the Bago Region Anti-Illegal Trade Task Force inspected the forest area in Bago Region on 11 May, and a teak (approximately K763,080) was seized and action is being taken under the forest law.
Similarly, an inspection team led by the Sagaing Region Anti-Illegal Trade Task Force conducted an inspection and seized 5.6882 tonnes of illegal timber (estimated at K1,706,460) in Tamu Township under the Forest Law.
Next, Myanmar Police Force seized 170 illegal barrels of crude oil in Kanbalu Township (estimated value of K30,600,000) under the Petroleum Products Law and a total of K32,306,460 in total value has been arrested.
As a result, 13 arrests (estimated at K53,134,600) were made on 7, 9, 10, and 11 May, according to the Anti-Illegal Trade Steering Committee. —MNA

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