More than a tonne of chicken meatballs were seized, along with other products smuggled illegally from Thailand, from a passenger bus in Banteay Meanchey province on Sunday night.
The bus was stopped along National Road 5 in Serey Sophoan town on suspicion it was carrying smuggled goods.
Provincial anti-economic crime police found the meatballs, as well as clothes stashed inside, and decided to seize the goods because they had not been stored correctly and taxes had not been paid.
Chap Sopharith, chief of the provincial anti-economic crimes bureau, said the meatballs were not found to contain chemical substances but were kept at an inadequate temperature.
“The meatballs were not found to be okay. They were supposed to be preserved in the fridge, but these meatballs were transported plainly in bags without a cooling system,” he said.
Mr Sopharith said a total of 1,706 kilograms of meatballs packed in 55 bags were destroyed, adding he had received a tip-off from a member of the public about the smuggling.
He said police did not catch the owner, only the middleman who had been smuggling the products, who was educated by officers and made to sign a behaviour contract.
“We only met the middleman, not the owner. We educated him and had him sign a contract to not repeat the offence,” he said.