A search of the vehicle uncovered 246 planks of teakwood, weighing a total of just over one tonne.
The threats began after photos of illegal logging activities in Tenasserim Division’s Dawei District appeared in a recent issue of a local weekly.
Minister tells parliament plans are afoot to form a taskforce to crack down effectively on any logging operations in the area.
The officials, based on a tipoff, searched the boat on the Irrawaddy River and found around 10 tons of timber in a hidden compartment.
The incident is the latest in a spate of violent confrontations between law enforcement officials and illegal loggers in Kyauktaga Township.
DKBA renegades say Na Ma Kyar did not kidnap the mahouts, but was only holding them temporarily as the logging camp operators had failed to pay them operating fees.