Cambodian arrested for smuggling rare wood into Vietnam

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A Cambodian woman was arrested in the southern province of Tay Ninh for smuggling rare fragrant wood into Vietnam, local police announced on Tuesday.

The previous day, police allegedly stopped a taxi containing Long Sokha, her nephew Phin Achhariyak and 25.8 kilograms of chen xiang wood (Lignum Aquilariae).

The taxi was driven by Nguyen Hong Tien.

Also known as eagle wood, chen xiang is prized by users of traditional Chinese medicine as an antibiotic and pain reliever. The wood is believed to cost up to VND160 million ($7,500) per kilogram.

Sokha told police that on July 21 a man hired her to transport the wood into Vietnam for US$500. Police say she agreed and asked Phin to accompany her.

After crossing the border, she called a taxi to drive them to Ho Chi Minh City.

The investigation remains underway.

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