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Woman charged over ecstasy trafficking

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused and the drugs seized. Fresh News

A 30-year-old woman was charged with drug trafficking yesterday after attempting to pick up a 3.5-kilogram package of ecstasy delivered to the post office in Phnom Penh two weeks ago.

Major Sok Setha, an officer working with the Interior Ministry’s internal security police department, said Chhy Sithan, 30, was charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday with drug trafficking, an offence that could carry a life sentence if convicted.

Maj Setha added that she is being detained at Prey Sar prison pending her trial.

According to Maj Setha, on the morning of April 12, postal workers at the Daun Penh district post office seized a package of ecstasy tablets weighing 3.5 kilos.

He said the package was sent from Belgium to Cambodia and was addressed to Ms Sithan’s home in Phnom Penh, leading police to open an investigation.

Maj Setha added that post office officials reported the discovery to Interior Ministry officials.

The police worked in collaboration with the municipal court prosecutor and post office officials to prepare a sting operation to apprehend the suspect.

Maj Setha said the accused was arrested on Monday evening at about 5.30pm after police lured her into coming to pick up the package from the post office.

“She was arrested by our officers after she came to receive the package of drugs from the post office,” he said. “After we arrested her, we seized the package and brought her to be questioned and investigated at the Interior Ministry.”

Police are now seeking to identify and arrest more suspects who may have been involved with the trafficking of the ecstasy tablets.

Earlier this month, police arrested a French national after a sting operation discovered 357.59 grams of ecstasy trafficked from Belgium via the post office in Daun Penh district.

The French national was charged with drug trafficking and sent to Prey Sar prison pending his trial.

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