JAMBI, Jambi: A team of officers from the Jambi Forestry Agency and forest rangers seized about 3,000 illegally cut logs in Petaling village in Sungaigelem district, Muarojambi regency, on Wednesday.
"We found the timber had already been loaded on rafts," said team head Agung Widodo.
He said the owners of the illegal timber likely had prior knowledge of the operation because they had left the area before the team's arrival.
Jambi Forestry Agency head Budi Daya said his officers were investigating the case and searching for the owners of the timber.
"If nobody claims the timber -- with proper ownership documents -- we will let the police auction it off," he said.
Earlier in the day, Jambi Police auctioned off 212 cubic meters of confiscated timber, raising Rp 125.5 million. JP