Stung Treng Provincial Court yesterday charged a Lao national with drug trafficking over the transport of nearly 30 kilos of crystal methamphetamine from Laos into Siem Pang district.
Seng Sarun, deputy chief of the provincial anti-drug trafficking unit, identified the accused as Amnoysak Sirisak, 43, who was arrested yesterday morning after selling the drugs to undercover police in Sammaky commune.
“According to his charge, he faces a life sentence if convicted,” Mr Sarun said.
Major General San Sothy, deputy police chief of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department who led the investigation against the accused, said the man was a suspected drug ringleader.
Maj Gen Sothy said that about a month before the arrest of the accused, undercover police contacted him and placed an order to purchase 30 kilos of crystal meth for $35,000 per kilo.
After coming to an agreement, a meeting was set for yesterday morning in Sammaky commune, where undercover police purchased the drugs and then arrested the drug runner.
Maj Gen Sothy said the accused drove a car toward the Trapaing Kreal International Border Checkpoint and then parked in Lao territory before crossing into Cambodia on foot with the drugs through an illegal checkpoint.
“He was arrested by our police red-handed,” he said. “He crossed into our territory carrying the packages of drugs through the jungle.”
“He then sold the drugs to our police who were disguised as buyers,” he added.
He noted that after his arrest, police seized 30 big packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing a total of 29.885 kilograms. Maj Gen Sothy said the accused was continuing to be questioned at the court yesterday as police attempt to glean information from him to lead to more arrests.