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18 arrested for smuggling timber in Myanmar

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 Myanmar authorities have arrested 18 suspects who were involved in the alleged smuggling of timber across the country, the state-run daily, The Mirror reported on Wednesday.

From Jan 15 to Jan 21 this year, the authorities apprehended the suspects, along with the seizure of over 83.29 tons of timber, 10 vehicles and machines, the media report said.

The confiscated timber included over 32.46 tons of teak, over 16.42 tons of hardwood and over 34.41 tons of other types of timber, it said.

The Forest Department under the country’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has been cracking down on illegal logging and trading of forest products, it said.

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