Four suspected drug traffickers were yesterday charged by the municipal court for trafficking nearly two kilograms of methamphetamine into Phnom Penh.
Bun Piseth, an anti-drug police officer, said a Nigerian national, a South African national, a Filipino and a Cambodian were charged.
Mr Piseth identified them as Stephen Chinedu, 38, Emima Lanky, 33, Marilou Auxilo, 46, and Top Mashitos, 36, who were each charged yesterday with drug trafficking and face a life sentence if convicted.
Mr Piseth said that those arrested are suspected of being drug ringleaders who regularly smuggled crystal methamphetamine across the Cambodian-Laos border into Stung Treng province.
From there, the drugs would then be brought to Phnom Penh, and Kampot, Kep and Preah Sihanouk provinces, for sale to drug users, especially foreigners, Mr Piseth added.
Mr Piseth said the group was arrested on Friday evening by anti-drug police in Phnom Penh when raids were carried out at a home in Chamkar Mon district and a residence in Russey Keo district.
“They were suspects who brought drugs from Stung Treng province for distribution to drug users in other cities and provinces in country,” Mr Piseth said.
“We identified and have been onto them for some time and then used our undercover police to contact and purchase drugs from them.”
Mr Piseth said that after the raids, police seized two packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 1,988.95 grams, along with four mobile phones and other drug-related materials.
He added that police are now using information collected from those arrested to hunt down other suspects.
Ly Sophana, spokesman for Phnom Penh Municipal Court, could not be reached for comment yesterday.