Two rangers in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai will receive a reprimand for failing to protect a local forest, leading to dozens of trees being chopped down by illegal loggers, authorities said on Tuesday.
The case was discovered only after Kon So Lal villagers seized two mini-trucks carrying dozens of logs around half a meter in diameter out of the forest in April.
Authorities said Do Xuan Hoan and Tran Duc Thien Thai are responsible for letting the illegal activity happen.
On April 18, hundreds of locals in the village, with knives and canes, waited by the road for the trucks.
When one tire of one of the vehicles went flat, the villagers rushed over to arrest the drivers.
After hours failing to persuade the villagers to release them, the drivers left the wood behind and fled.
Local young men guarded the timber for days, saying local officials who were well aware of the illegal logging did nothing about it.
Police said they are still searching for individuals involved in the illegal logging.
Initial investigations show that 40 trees, or more than 60 cubic meters of timber, have been cut down in the area.