Interpol targets illegal timber trade

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Interpol has announced that it arrested nearly 200 people in a wide-ranging international operation against illegal logging and the trafficking of timber. Interpol says the illegal logging trade could be worth up to $100 billion world-wide.

The three-month effort spanned 12 Central and South American countries, and $8 million worth of timber was seized. The trade has also been linked to a rise in murders and corruption, as criminal groups move into remote forest areas.