"AP Investigation Shows Peru Backsliding On Illegal Logging"

"HOUSTON — Never before had so much lumber been denied entry at a U.S. port on evidence that it was harvested illegally.

Houston customs agents, acting on intelligence from their Peruvian counterparts, halted 1,770 metric tons of Amazon rainforest wood — enough to cover three football fields. The October 2015 impoundment from a rusty freighter was a rare victory in the battle to preserve tropical forests and a blow against organized criminal logging in Peru, where the World Bank says 80 percent of timber exports are illegal.

But the triumph was short-lived. The driving force behind the operation, the chief of Peru's forest inspection service, was soon dismissed — on the same day the U.S. ambassador visited him for a pep talk — and forced by death threats to flee to the United States."

Frank Bajak reports for the Associated Press April 19, 2017.


"Inspector Who Tried To Rein In Illegal Logging Was Fired" (AP)

Source: AP, 04/19/2017