Police in Suriname seized timber in 100 containers at Paramaribo Port on April 17th. The timber was presumed to be illegal.
According to an official government statement, the police initiated a transfer of the containers out of the Port so that a comprehensive investigation could be conducted.
Various accounts of the incident have been reported, including claims of corruption and the alleged involvement of officials in the timber’s attempted export. According to Culturu, at least four customs officials were arrested, along with three SBB employees.
The president of Suriname reportedly claimed that the smuggling route had been known about for a decade.
This is a developing story. Last updated May 17, 2021 7:56am EST.
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