Five Vietnamese were caught by the authorities in two separate operations in Butuan City after being caught with kilos of agarwood wedges from the Lapnisan tree which is illegally cut down.
It is strictly prohibited to cut down Lapnisan trees as they are already endangered or seriously at the risk of extinction.
The extract from the agarwood is used to make perfumes, incense, and a lot of other natural medicines for different types of illnesses.
In some instances, the high-quality agarwood could go as high as $100,000 per kilo.
The Vietnamese, who were caught in joint operations by the Police Regional Office in Caraga (PRO-13) and the region’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-13), were in possession of over P1 million worth of Agarwood and around P5.8 million in cash.
All of them were arrested at the Grand Palace Hotel in Purok 1, Barangay Imadejas, Butuan City on the 25th of July near midnight.
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