NAKHON PHANOM, May 13— Forty-one Siamese rosewood logs estimated to be worth Bt3 million were confiscated on the banks of the Mekong River today in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom, according to local authorities.
Capt Surasak Suwankesa, chief of the Thai naval patrol unit on the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom, and other relevant officials jointly told a press briefing on Monday that the seized Siamese rosewood logs were valued at some Bt3 million. Each log is 2-3 metres long and 30-40 centimetres wide.
The Siamese rosewood logs, which were being transported to China, were seized along the Mekong River in Ban Paeng district.
Initially, the authorities presumed that this lot of illegal Siamese rosewood was sold on order and was destined for China.
Currently, Siamese rosewood is in high demand in the luxury furniture market and are sold at Bt1,800-2,000 per kilogramme