Police in central Thua Thien-Hue Province have discovered a creative new trick of wood traffickers: disguising smuggled wood into two coffins detailed enough to look like real ones.
Yesterday police in A Luoi District handed over to the local forestry protection agency 17 wood boards measuring more than 1 cubic meter that they seized in a wood trafficking case on Wednesday.
At 3 pm that day the police stopped a suspicious truck for examination and found two coffins in the cargo area.
On the coffins were many decorative wood details that are commonly seen in every coffin.
However, with a sharp mind, police officers carefully examined the coffins and then surprisingly discovered that the caskets were formed from 17 wood boards that had been loosely attached to each other.
The decorative details had been glued on the false coffins to make them look like real ones, police said.
The owner of the “coffins” is Le Van Binh, a local resident in Huong Vinh District. Both Binh and the truck’s driver failed to show the police any documents to prove the origin of the wood.
The police are investigating into where the wood had been taken from.
A police officer in A Luoi District, Quang Ngai Province examining the false coffins