Cop arrested for drug trafficking
Kampot provincial police arrested a police officer in Kampong Trach district on Tuesday over allegations he was trafficking drugs.
Provincial police chief Major General Mao Chanmathurith said that 45 year-old Touch Somuth, who was the deputy chief of the provincial police commissioner’s training department, was caught by undercover police in possession of methamphetamine.
“Mr. Somuth was a lieutenant and was arrested by provincial police while carrying 44.17 grams of crystal methamphetamine,” Maj. Gen. Chanmathurith said.
“We suspected that he had been trafficking drugs in Kampong Trach district for months now so we sent our undercover agents to pose as drug users wanting to buy from him.
“When they met, they arrested him as he was selling them the drugs at his home in Russey Srok Khang Lech commune.”
Mr. Somuth was taken into custody at the provincial police station for further questioning. Maj. Gen. Chanmathurith also said that he would put in a request to have the suspect fired from the police force.
As of Tuesday, police have arrested 1,307 people for drug offenses since the government’s anti-drug campaign came into effect on January 1, which has resulted in prison overcrowding.
The National Military Police announced on Tuesday that 10,000 of its personnel will be tested for illegal drugs in an effort to eradicate drug use among law enforcement officers. Those caught using drugs will be fired while “serious cases” will be prosecuted.
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