Thai park rangers and police have arrested five Vietnamese men for allegedly poaching a rare aloe wood in the Wiangkosai National Park in Phrae Province, Bangkok Post reported.
The suspects were arrested at around 2 a.m. on Wednesday as the Thai combined force pulled over a suspicious pickup truck with 76 kilograms of an aloe wood called krissana in Thai, in three large sacks.
All suspects held Vietnamese passports and identified as Bui Ngoc Anh, 25, Doan Quang Thinh, 38, Pham Van Huan, 35, Doan Duc Lua, 31 and Doan Van Vung, 46, the newspaper reported.
The driver, who appeared to be a Thai man, managed to flee, the paper quoted Botmaklon Srisuwan, chief of the Wiangkosai National Park as saying.
Srisuwan said the arrest followed a tip that a gang of Vietnamese poachers planned to smuggle aloe wood from the national park.
All suspects confessed they illegally entered the country via border areas in Chiang Rai Privnce, according to Bangkok Post.
The seized wood, highly valued for its fragrance, was destined for Vietnam.
The suspects were handed over to Long police for further investigation.