Woman Porter Held over Drug Trick
Thai authorities at the Cham Yeam border crossing have arrested a Cambodian woman hired by a Russian man to cross into Cambodia with luggage containing drugs.
Cambodian police in Koh Kong province believe the woman, who had the man’s luggage on a cart, was unaware of the drugs.
Provincial police say Russian Garashchenko Andrey, 28, was traveling from Cambodia to Thailand through the Cham Yeam border. The police report says that at the Cambodian checkpoint, he hired Hout Sokum, 54, to carry his suitcase.
But when the case was checked on the Thai side it was found to contain 21 cans of dried marijuana, weighing 4.27 kilograms, and 21.29 grams of heroin.
The Russian saw the Thai officer checking his suitcase from a distance and turned around in Cambodia and fled for 20 minutes before the Thai immigration officers sought his arrest.
Koh Kong provincial deputy police chief Sar Sarat said his forces are seeking the arrest of the Russian.
Mr. Sarat said it was unjust for the woman to be arrested because she was presumably unaware of the contents in the suitcase.
“Right now, we are finding a way to get justice for the porter lady. We are working pretty hard on it,” he said.
“We believe that she probably did not get involved in this case because normally as a cart-puller, they did not know what the customer’s luggage contains and they are only in charge of pulling the cart.
“However, this is just a preliminary conclusion. We don’t know exactly and are awaiting further investigation. The lady is likely to be sent to Thai authorities in Trat province,” he said.
Mondul Seima district deputy police chief Ieng Poch said Thai authorities accused the woman of involvement in smuggling the drugs.
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