The National Police’s anti-drug department yesterday held a press conference announcing the arrest of four men suspected of trafficking more than 26 kilograms of drugs.
Lieutenant General Loek Vannak, director of the anti-drug department, identified the suspects as two Taiwanese nationals, Lee Hong Yu, 38, and Hsu Yao Feng, 40, along with two Cambodians, Chhour Bunchhay, 28, and Sam Kokchhean, 26.
Police arrested the four men during a raid in Russei Keo district’s Russei Keo commune in Phnom Penh last Saturday.
During the raid, police confiscated 26.768 kilograms of methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine at three different locations.
All four suspects were paraded in front of the media by Lt Gen Vannak, Sieng Sok, deputy prosecutor at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Chap Sopharith, deputy chief of Banteay Meanchey provincial police, and other anti-drug department officials.
Mr Vannak said a long investigation was conducted prior to the arrest of the four suspects. Mr Vannak said police had discovered six kilos of drugs in the initial location, but added after further research officials discovered that more drugs were stashed in two other places including at a location in Russei Keo commune and Tuol Svay Prey 1 commune.
“The total haul was 26.768 kilograms of drugs from all three locations,” Mr Vannak said, noting that the drugs were imported from Laos and that Cambodia was supposed to be a transit point while awaiting transport overseas.
Mr Vannak said that the case is the third biggest in the first quarter of 2018.
Mr Sok said the four men were already sent to court and that they would soon be charged.
“We will review their drug-related activities and we will charge them based on our drug laws,” Mr Sok said.
In Song, deputy director of the anti-drug department, said from January until April, authorities cracked down on 2,166 drug cases and arrested 4,304 people, including 373 women and 71 foreigners, while also seizing more than 64 kilograms of drugs. A total of 17,795 drug suspects were arrested last year, a 79 percent increase over the 9,933 arrested in 2016.