Thais Arrest Cop for Drug Trafficking

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Thai police with Chea Opak Devarith. Supplied

Thai border soldiers arrested a Cambodian policeman on Sunday over allegations of drug trafficking after he attempted to enter Thailand from Battambang province carrying nearly 150 methamphetamine pills.
 
Brigadier General Pum Chan, the deputy provincial police chief in charge of border affairs, told Khmer Times yesterday that Chea Opak Devarith, the deputy police chief at the Ou Anlouk secondary border checkpoint, was arrested in Thailand’s Chanthaburi province with 149 methamphetamine pills.
 
He said Thai authorities had suspected Mr. Opak Devarith of trafficking drugs in Thailand for years after reports that Mr. Opak Devarith met Thai drug users and sold drugs to them.
 
“Before the arrest, I think Thai soldiers organized a trip to arrest Mr. Opak Devarith in front of a market on Thai soil about two kilometers away from Battambang province’s Kamrieng district,” he said.
 
“We just want to get information from Thai authorities on what prison will be used to jail Mr. Opak Devarith.”  
 
Brig. Gen. Chan added that Cambodian authorities were trying to reach their Thai counterparts to get more details of Mr. Opak Devarith’s arrest.
 
“Regarding drug trafficking, Thai authorities rarely send back any Cambodian criminals involved with drug trafficking, thus the legal actions taken against Mr. Opak Devarith will follow the laws of Thailand,” he said.  
 
Last week two Cambodians – a policeman and a soldier – were arrested by Vietnamese border police in Vietnam’s Gia Lai province after being found with one kilogram of drugs while crossing the border into Vietnam from Rattanakiri province.

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