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Five Cambodians Arrested for Stealing Agarwood in Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park



Five Cambodians Arrested for Stealing Agarwood in Thailand's Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park is located in the northeastern Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima, and five Cambodians have been arrested for allegedly collecting agarwood from there.

The park rangers discovered 1 kilogram of agarwood chips, knives, saws, a torch and a chisel.

Park Officials Catch Group of Agarwood Thieves in Khao Yai National Park

Park rangers have been keeping tabs on the group since at least part of them trespassed into the Prachin Buri park area last Friday, according to Veera Khunchairak, director of Protected Area 1 in Prachin Buri, who made the statement yesterday (Sunday). All five were apprehended in the Mu Si subdistrict’s Khao Laem jungle.

Forty of the fifty Vietnamese nationals arrested by Thai authorities since 2008 came from the province of Quang Binh; they were all accused of stealing agarwood from the Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary in Chaiyaphum.

On March 26th, five people were apprehended in the Khon Sarn neighborhood of Chaiyaphum with 103.5 kilograms of agarwood.

In response to fungal infection, agarwood produces a resin that has a pleasant aroma. Due to its high market value, the resin is a target for poachers. The going rate for the premium resin is between 15,000 and 20,000 baht per kilogram.

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