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Police arrest drug-trafficking gang in Kratie province

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The six suspected drug dealers. Rasmei News

Six suspected drug traffickers were arrested on Wednesday night over the trafficking of nearly half of a kilo of methamphetamine in Kratie province.


Colonel Kong Sidang, chief of the provincial police’s anti-drug department, said the six suspects were arrested Wednesday evening in a sting operation.

Mr Kong said police had been investigating the gang for some time over their suspected drug trafficking activities.

“They were all arrested after they purchased drugs from an undercover agent,” Mr Kong said.

Police identified the six suspects as Chan Tra, 31; Leang Veth, 23; Man Chous, 23; Chan Phearum, 19; Leng Chhay, 15; and Bath Seyha, 19.

They were arrested on Wednesday at about 6pm after police raided a house the suspects were renting in Chhlong district’s Kanchhar commune.

According to police, drug enforcement officers seized 23 packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing nearly 500 grams, four homemade rifles, two swords, two motorbikes, and four cell phones, as well as other drug-related materials.

All the suspects tested positive for drug use, Mr Kong added.

Bun Kimseng, a provincial anti-drug police officer, said all six suspects are now being held for questioning at the provincial police station.

The suspects are accused of drug use, drug trafficking, and possession of weapons, said Mr Kimseng.

If convicted, they face five to 10 years in prison.

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