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Illegal Logging continues in Chiquibul Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 October 2012 00:00

The Friends of Conservation is reporting that illegal logging activities are continuing in the Chiquibul Forest with one more logger being arrested and charged.


The Friends of Conservation say that on the 29th of September, a patrol, based at the Tapir Camp in the Chiquibul Forest, detained a Guatemalan man who was doing illegal logging in Belize.  The man, identified as Edgar Rene Amador Jenis of the village of La Calzada Mopan, Dolores Peten was detained after he was found cutting mahogany into planks of lumber some 7.5 kilometers in Belizean territory in the Caracol Reserve. 

Jenis was reportedly operating a chainsaw and was accompanied by another Guatemalan man, who managed to escape capture. In a release by the organization it states that "Sounds of several chainsaws were heard in the area at the late hours of the night. Reports and observations had been made earlier of this ongoing activity but it had been difficult to apprehend the illegal loggers."

Jenis, the one Guatemalan who was detained was found with 6 flitches of mahogany ready for transportation. The lumber along with a chainsaw and two horses were confiscated by law enforcement personnel. Jenis was taken to San Ignacio Town where he was charged with illegal entry, illegal logging, drug possession and entry of an animal without proper documentation.