Golden teak logs seized

RATCHABURI — Authorities on Sunday seized about 300 illegally felled logs, mostly precious golden teak, from a house in Suan Phung district said to belong to an ex-forestry official.

A team of police and military officers and forestry officials raided an unregistered house built on hilly ground near Ban Thoong Hin See reservoir in tambon Tha Koey after police intelligence indicated that the place had been used to hide protected wood.

The raid uncovered 267 golden teak logs, 20 processed pieces of takhian thong (white hingan) timber and karng daeng (black siris), and a wolf. 

The team met Sopa Boonsripiwat, 37, who claimed the house belonged to Worapan Amphornsilp, 63, a retired forestry official who hired her to watch the house. Mr Worapan was not present.

She said the expensive golden teak had been brought from an area under the Sor Por Kor land in tambon Ban Buang of Ban Kha distirct two months ago. 

Deputy provincial governor Narong Krongchon said the seized wood would be kept at the Suan Phung forest protection unit and he had asked district police investigators to summon Mr Worapan for questioning about the discovery.

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