1,000 Board Feet Of Illegal Cocobolo Wood Seized in Panama
Tuesday, June 05 2012 @ 04:55 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Targeted By The Authorities - Five people are linked to this shipment who are being investigated by the ANAM and the local prosecutor in Pocrí. According to police reports, the illegal timber came from Oria in the district of Pocrí, and was covered by tobacco leaves and empty rice sacks to mislead the police and ANAM officials. In the afternoon yesterday, the seized timber was moved to the courtyard of the headquarters of the ANAM in Guararé, while the impounded vehicle was taken to the offices of this institution in Las Tablas. (Mi Diario)
Editor's Comment: Another of Panama's "open secrets" is that for years, these illegal loggers could just pay bribes to make the inspectors look the other way. Now that's changed, and these people are being hunted down and prosecuted. But of course this is Panama, so you can expect some "selective enforcement" - the game they always play. If you're on the wrong team you have a better chance of being targeted and busted.