Contributed by: Don WinnerMore than 7,000 board feet of Cocobolo wood valued on the international market at $300,000 dollars was seized by the National Environment Authority and the National Police in the province of Los Santos. Three people were arrested and are being investigated for environmental crime, according to the Regional Administrator of the ANAM in Los Santos, Gerardo Gonzalez. Gonzalez said the ANAM is acting aggressively against those who would continue to market cocobolo wood domestically and internationally. (TVN)
Editor's Comment: Panama has relatively tough laws - which they actually enforce - to protect the forests, trees, and the environment. Cocobolo occurs naturally in the Panamanian jungle, as opposed to Teak which is not indigenous to Panama. You have to get a permit to do anything with wood or lumber in Panama - you need a permit to drive down the road with the truck of a tree in the back of your pickup truck. It's tightly regulated.