Out of a total of 559 fraud or economic related crimes reported in Laos, 257 cases were related to illegal logging, or 46 percent of all cases.
During the investigations, security services seized 671,000 cubic meters of processed wood, 4.5 million cubic meters of logs, 15 chainsaws, 20 vehicles and 3 motorbikes. A total of $550,000 in cash was also recovered.
Laos has 24 protected national forests across the country.
Source: “Illegal Logging Tops Economic Crime In Laos Last Year,” Bernama, February 18, 2014.