Lao ‘trafficker’ held over 5kg drug trip
A Lao man suspected of being a drug ringleader was arrested on Saturday for smuggling nearly 5kg of crystal methamphetamine over the Cambodia-Laos border.
Lieutenant General Mak Chito, the deputy general director of the National Police, said the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug unit collaborated with police in Stung Treng province to make the arrest.
He identified the suspect as Maisorn Sainhakham, 35, from Nady village, in Bolikhamsai province, Laos. He was arrested in Kham Phan village in Stung Treng province at about 9am on Saturday.
Colonel Yin Panharith, chief of the 9th Intervention Office in the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department and leader of the team that arrested the man, said officers spent several days following the suspect’s movements before apprehending him on Saturday morning.
“He was arrested on the border of Cambodia and Laos as he smuggled the drugs into Stung Treng province,” he said.
The man was carrying five big packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing almost 5kg, he added.
An officer with the provincial anti-drug police yesterday told the Khmer Times the suspect denied he was a drug ringleader during interrogation.
The man told officers he was a poverty-stricken farmer who had agreed to work for a group of drug traffickers.
“He said he was a poor farmer,” the officer said.
“An unknown Lao man had promised to pay him $1,000 to bring the drugs to an unidentified Cambodian man in Stung Treng province,” the officer said.
“We arrested him as he brought the packages of drugs into Cambodia.”
The officer said the suspect has been detained for further questioning at the provincial anti-drug unit in Stung Treng.
Police have charged him with drug trafficking.He faces a maximum life sentence and will appear at Stung Treng provincial court today.
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