Frenchman charged over post office drug bust

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
The accused Frenchman. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a French national over the trafficking of nearly half of a kilogram of ecstasy tablets through the post office.

Major Sok Setha, a police officer with the Interior Ministry’s Internal Security Police Department, said Maxime Colas, 26, was charged by the court yesterday after authorities seized a package of the drugs weighing 357.59 grams.

Maj Setha said Daun Penh district post office officials discovered the package that was sent from Belgium and was addressed to the accused at his home address in Phnom Penh.

Maj Setha said the post office workers who made the discovery on Monday contacted officers from the Internal Security Police Department, who set up a sting operation that same day.

The drugs seized at the post office. Supplied

Police officers, in tandem with a municipal court prosecutor and the post office workers, prepared a plan to bait the suspect to the post office to pick up the drugs, said Maj Setha.

Officers then arrested Mr Maxime on Monday morning at about 11am after he arrived at the Daun Penh district post office.

“He was arrested with concrete evidence after he came to retrieve the package from police officers at the post office,” said Maj Setha. “After his arrest, we seized the package in question and sent him to be temporarily detained for further questioning.”

After the accused was charged yesterday, he was jailed at Prey Sar prison pending his trial.

Mr Maxime faces 20 to 30 years in prison if found guilty of the drug trafficking charge. Authorities are now investigating whether or not other people were involved in the shipment of the drugs from Belgium to Cambodia, Maj Setha noted.

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