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International Raid Targets Illegal Timber Trade


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JL
- 917 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Interpol has announced that it arrested nearly 200 people in a wide-ranging international operation against illegal logging and the trafficking of timber.



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JL A. (286)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 9:41 am

BBC News Latin America & Caribbean
19 February 2013 Last updated at 16:57 ET
International raid targets illegal timber trade

Interpol has announced that it arrested nearly 200 people in a wide-ranging international operation against illegal logging and the trafficking of timber.

The three-month effort spanned 12 Central and South American countries, and $8m (5.2m) worth of timber was seized.

Interpol says the illegal logging trade could be worth up to $100bn world-wide.

It has also been linked to a rise in murders and corruption, as criminal groups move into remote forest areas.

Interpol said officials had checked lorries, ships and containers, as well as retailers and individuals, seizing a total of 50,000 cubic metres, or about 2,000 lorry-loads, of illicit timber.

More than 100 people remain under investigation.

Murderous trade

The head of Interpol's environmental crime programme, David Higgins, said the raid, dubbed "Operation Lead", was just the first step in the organisation's fight against the illegal timber trade.

He said the international nature of the trade made prosecutions difficult, but that in the long term Interpol would try to help countries apply the law in a more uniform manner.

Mr Higgins said co-operation between forestry officials, customs and border agents and the police would be crucial to fight the timber trafficking.

Over the past years, dozens of anti-logging activists have been killed in Brazil in attacks believed to be linked to their activism.

In Colombia, police say illegal and rebel groups are increasingly turning to illegal logging as a source of revenue.

And in Venezuela, there have been clashes between indigenous groups and loggers who have invaded their land.
 

Christeen Anderson (650)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 12:30 pm
Yea. I always enjoy good news. Thank you.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 2:41 pm
yes thats good news Enough trees are getting cut down legally


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JL A. (286)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:37 pm
You are welcome Christeen and Carol.
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Angelika R. (145)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 5:19 pm
thx for the good news-yet these few hundreds caught are just drops in an ocean of illegal logging! Good job neertheless!
 

Terry V. (30)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 6:25 pm
HOORAY, good news. THANK YOU!!!
 

Mitchell D. (131)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 6:40 pm
I echo the "Good News" sentiment, but have to agree with Angelika, that this is probably just a drop in the ocean.
 

JL A. (286)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 6:58 pm
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Jaime Alves (42)
Friday February 22, 2013, 12:08 am
Good.!!
 

Ro H. (0)
Friday February 22, 2013, 4:50 am
ty
 

JL A. (286)
Friday February 22, 2013, 7:48 am
Sure is Jaime. You cannot currently send a star to Jaime because you have done so within the last week.
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paul m. (93)
Friday February 22, 2013, 9:16 am
Thanks for
 

JL A. (286)
Friday February 22, 2013, 10:02 am
You are welcome Paul
 

Cinzia Palamara (44)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 7:43 am
Noted. Thanks
 

JL A. (286)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 9:09 am
You are welcome Cinzia
 
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