More Chinese caught stealing timber in Myanmar

Seized logs in Kachin State (Photo-EMG)

More Chinese citizens have been arrested for illegal logging and 4,529 logs were seized in Waimaw, Kachin State, according to officials from the state’s Forestry Department.

"We made more arrests. Another eight Chinese nationals were arrested along with a seizure of 4,529 logs which were due to be smuggled. We also seized 11 logging vehicles," said an official from the department.

"The process to classify the types of the logs and tonnage is now under way. We are making more searches," he continued.

With support from government troops, the authorities arrested 132 Chinese citizens and 19 Myanmar nationals from January 2 to 6 in Waimaw for illegal logging. 

A new operation led to the eight further arrests, the forest officials said.

The Chinese nationals are being held in Kachin and will face legal action.

Interrogation found that they entered Myanmar annually to smuggle timber out of Kachin State.

A military aerial surveillance operation in early January led to the arrests.

The official seizures included one backhoe, two cranes, 436 logging trucks, four passenger vehicles, two double cabs and nine motorbikes.