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Drug mule nabbed at airport

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Police seize drugs from the suspect’s luggage. Supplied

A 39-year-old Australian-Vietnamese woman was arrested on Saturday morning by anti-transnational crime police in collaboration with immigration and customs officers at Phnom Penh International Airport for transporting nearly two kilos of heroin from Brazil to Cambodia.

Chea Seng, deputy chief of the anti-transnational crime department, identified the suspect as Tran Ve Thi.

She was apprehended at about 11am after she arrived from Brazil. “She was arrested after police inspected her luggage and found the drugs hidden inside it,” Mr Seng said. “Police seized a total of 1.814 grams of heroin, which were wrapped in plastic and put under the bottom of the luggage.”

Mr Seng said the suspect claimed she was hired by a Nigerian to bring the drugs from Brazil and give them to an unidentified man in Cambodia.

He added that police are now searching for others involved in the case.

The suspect has been accused of drug possession and trafficking and faces a life sentence in convicted.

She remains in detention pending her first court appearance.

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