TV star held on drugs charges
A reality TV star, who is also the son of a government official, was arrested on Monday for using and distributing drugs in Battambang province, police said yesterday.
Thirty-two-year-old Thai Norak Pitou, who was the 2006 winner of talent show “Freshie Boy” and son of Culture and Fine Arts Ministry spokesperson Thai Norak Sathya, was arrested along with his wife, 27-year-old Aok Ratanak Ponika, and four other suspects while they were at a KTV parlor.
“We cooperated with the provincial police and raided the KTV parlor and arrested six suspects – two females and four males,” Battambang City police chief Pang Heang said.
The other suspects were identified as Heng Yusong, 24, Phea Bunheng, 32, Hab Sovath, 29, and Hun Mane, 29.
Mr. Heang said the KTV parlor was regularly used as a place to use and distribute drugs, adding that one of the detainees was also a shareholder of the parlor, but he was unsure which one it was.
Police confiscated 88 grams of ketamine, two pill presses as well as two bottles and 16 strips of anti-anxiety drug diazepam.
Provincial court spokesperson Touch Sopheakdey said the suspects were sent back to the police for processing after they were questioned by court officials.
“Yesterday [Tuesday] they were sent to the court for questioning and again this morning the questioning continued. And then they were sent back to the provincial police office pending more procedures,” Mr. Sopheakdey said.
Provincial anti-crime police chief Koy Heang declined to comment and hung up when contacted by Khmer Times.
Local media outlets quoted Mr. Norak Sathya as saying he assured authorities that he would not use his position as a ministry spokesperson to intervene in their investigation and urged them to take legal action in line with the law.
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