Siem Reap Provincial Court yesterday charged a 23-year-old Thai national over the smuggling of 1.6 kilos of cocaine from Peru to Cambodia through Siem Reap International Airport.
Brigadier General Oum Amara, chief of the provincial anti-drug police, identified the suspect as Noysim Kessada, a Thai tourist.
He said the provincial court yesterday charged her with drug trafficking and noted that she faces a life sentence if convicted.
Brig Gen Amara said the suspect travelled from Peru to Siem Reap province via Dubai International Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport, and arrived at Siem Reap International Airport on Thursday at about 3.30pm.
“She transported the drugs from Peru into Siem Reap province,” he said. “She was arrested by our police inside Siem Reap International Airport after the custom police X-rayed her luggage and found drugs inside.”
Police seized two big packages of cocaine weighing about 1.6 kilos, he added.
Brig Gen Amara said others linked to the case are being sought within Cambodia and noted that the arrested suspect has been jailed pending her trial.