TACLOBAN CITY- Police authorities in Allen town, Northern Samar seized two dump trucks loaded with illegally cut lumber valued at more than P470,000.
The vehicles were separately intercepted last April 21.
Senior Inspector Wilfredo Jimenez, Allen police chief, said that first to be seized was a 10-wheeler truck driven by Erwin Montajes, a resident of Barangay Solupan, Paranas in Samar.
The second truck, driven by Cesar Nanangas,56, and a resident of Brgy. Santa Rosa, Quezon, was apprehended at Santa Clara Ferry Terminal in Brgy. Jubasan of said town.
Seized from the two trucks were 24,700 board feet of sawn lumber with total value of P470,000, Jimenez said.
The two drivers failed to show transshipment clearance to the authorities reason why their items were seized.
The suspects were detained at the Allen municipal station and were charged for violation of RA 8048, otherwise known as “Coconut Preservation Act of 1995.”(SHELLA MAE DIAZ ASTORGA, NsWWU Student Intern)