Two Thai women and one man were charged yesterday in Banteay Meanchey province with possessing and trafficking nearly a kilo of methamphetamine.
Ngeng Sokchea, chief of the provincial anti-drug police department, said the women were Pen Chamath, 30, and Chhirath Chhaysen, 18. The man was Lim Chhali, 37.
All were casino gamblers and were targets of drug traffickers who sold drugs to users in casinos in Poipet city on the Thai border.
Mr Sokchea said the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court charged them with drug trafficking, which carries a jail term of at least 25 years.
They were arrested on Friday morning after Interior Ministry anti-drug police, along with provincial anti-drug police and local police forces, raided a casino hotel room in Poipet.
“They were casino gamblers and active traffickers who sold drugs to users gambling in Poipet,” Mr Sokchea said. “They were arrested after they sold drugs to an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer and casino player. They were arrested on the basis of hard evidence.”
After their arrests, police seized 30 packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing nearly a kilo, two bottles of ketamine, two packages of marijuana and other drug-related material from them, he noted.