Officials inspect the illegal logging scene (Photo: VNA)

Lam Dong (VNA) – Legal proceedings will be launched against a case pertaining to large-scale illegal logging in the river basin of the Dong Nai 5 Hydroelectric Plant located in Loc Bac commune, Bao Lam district.

Relevant authorities will also a prosecute Le Hong Ha, born in 1968 in Dien Chau district, the central province of Nghe An, Nguyen Van Tuan from the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong and Nguyen Van Thanh residing in the southern province of Binh Duong for their involvement in the case.

The police force is currently hunting for a man called Ha – leader of the illegal logging ring, widely known as Ha “den”, and is carrying out interrogations of eight other people in custody for further information about the logging.

On July 8, the police conducted a surprise raid and arrested about 20 members of the gang.

Relevant authorities captured tens of cubic metres of logs on Dong Nai 5 Hydroelectric Plant lake side and in the 390 forest area managed by Loc Bac Foretry Ltd., Co. Meanwhile, some 15 cubic metres of various logs were seized at Ha’s house in Bao Lam district.

According to the investigators, the smuggled logs were consumed in Bao Loc city, Bao Lam district, Da Huoai district, and in other provinces like Dak Nong and Binh Phuoc.-VNA