Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday charged a man accused of giving a drink containing drugs to three minors who were found under the influence by their parents on Friday.
Lim Bunheng, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court spokesman, identified the accused as Van Vutha, a 17-year-old nightclub worker who gave drugs to children after he had discovered it near a dumpster behind The Men Club.
Mr Bunheng added that the suspect will be jailed in Preah Sihanouk provincial prison pending his trial.
“The prosecutor worked on the case yesterday. The suspect was charged with giving drugs to minors under aggravating circumstances and was brought to jail pending trial,” he said.
The club was raided on Saturday night, when authorities administered a drug test on all staff. Only Mr Vantha and the owner, an unnamed Chinese national, were found to be positive for drugs.
The police made the Chinese national and his business partner sign a contract stating that the club will not get involved in drugs.
During questioning at the provincial police department, Mr Vutha confessed to finding a small metallic canister with a logo and graphics on it, which he initially thought was a bullet.
Upon opening the canister, Mr Vutha discovered a coloured fluid and thought it was liquid ecstasy.
Mr Bunheng said the accused tried it himself after mixing it with a soft drink. Three children then walked by and asked for some of the beverage and they drank the mix together.
The children were later sent to the provincial hospital after their parents discovered that their children were intoxicated. They were discharged from hospital on Saturday. Video footage of the three children going wild and unable to control themselves went viral earlier this week. The video spurred speculation that the children were given a “zombie drug”.
Provincial police said on Sunday that a preliminary investigation concluded that the children were under the influence of what they thought was ecstasy.
However, a Health Ministry official said the drug actually turned out to be a mix of amphetamine and methamphetamine.
“It is not a ‘zombie drug’ like what people were saying on social media,” said Or Vandin, director-general of the ministry’s technical department. “There is no such thing.”