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Drug busts on the rise in Cambodia

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Officials burning confiscated drugs on anti-drug day last year. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Authorities Combatting Drugs (NACD) made 84 percent more arrests for illegal drugs last year than they did in 2016.

The government launched a campaign to crack down on trafficking in illegal drugs last year and officials claim it was a success.

According to the NADC’s annual report for 2017, a total of 8,173 cases were recorded and in 2016 the number was only 4,246 cases, an increase of 92.48 percent.

More than 296 kilos of illegal drugs were confiscated and they included methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and heroin.

Police arrested 17,795 suspects, while in 2016 only 9,933 were arrested, an increase of 84.05 percent, officials said.

Those arrested included people from 24 countries.

Ke Kimyan, the chairman of the NACD, said countries in the region were still struggling to control the flow of illegal drugs.

“The drugs that flow into Cambodia come by road, post and airports but mostly come from the north-east across borders with neighbouring countries,” Mr Kimyan said.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper.

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