PERU CLAMPS DOWN ON ILLEGAL LOGGING
A joint action by Peruvian public prosecutor’s office and a specialized environmental police force arrested 19 members of a logging gang on April 22. Among those arrested were two police officers and two regional forestry officials, whose involvement still needs to be clarified. Nearly 70,000 Peruvian Sol (a little over $20,000) were seized in the joint action, along with two trucks and a trailer loaded with illegal timber. China, Mexico, and the United States are said to be the chief destinations for the illegal timber harvested by the gang. Illegal logging, which accounts for 80% of the Peruvian timber export, generated $109 million between 2009 and 2013. This is the first time Peruvian authorities used the law against illegal timber trade, and potentially the sign of a new phase for law enforcement. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2016/04/illegal-logging-mafia-arrested-peru/.