As the government marked International Day Against Drugs yesterday, authorities in Stung Treng province managed to seize more than 100 kilos of methamphetamine being smuggled into the country from Laos.
General Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, said that the seizure is the largest made by authorities, ever.
“The important thing is that we want to know who the drug senders were and who was supposed to receive them,” Mr Vyrith said.
Gen Vyrith said the drugs were being smuggled through Trapaing Kriel International Checkpoint, adding that police have detained three suspects.
The massive seizure came as authorities in Phnom Penh burned down more than 60 kilos of drugs and about three tonnes Khat leaves during an International Day Against Drugs event on Koh Pich.
Ke Kim Yan, chairman of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, and hundreds of government officials and court officials participated in the event.
Sieng Sok, deputy prosecutor at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said the drugs were confiscated in Phnom Penh and Kandal province.
“All drugs burned down in this ceremony weigh about 64 kilos,” Mr Sok said, noting that the drugs were worth more than $2 million.
“Nine criminal cases handled by Phnom Penh Municipal Court consisted of 63 kilos and 785.66 grams of drugs, and 3,227 kilos of dry leaves of Khat trees,” Mr Sok added.
Mr Sok said that Kandal provincial court handled 110 criminal cases with 432.54 grams of drugs.
“Our authorities, including police, military police and local officials, as well as prosecutors and judges, do not forgive people who commit these crimes and the court will punish suspects seriously according to the law,” Mr Sok said.
Mr Kim Yan said that the activities of drug traffickers and users were on the decrease thanks to the government’s anti-drug campaign.
“Drug users have decreased about 12 percent,” Mr Kim Yan said, adding that it was because NACD rewarded law enforcement officers who successfully cracked down on drugs.
Mr Kim Yan said that all property confiscated from drug cases was worth more than $1 million.
“Our authorities have always educated the people about the danger of drug use,” Mr Kim Yan said.
Over the past five months, police cracked down on 2,870 drug cases and arrested 5,702 people, he noted.
“We cracked down on 2,870 drug cases, arrested 5,702 people and confiscated 93 kilos and 199 grams of all kinds of drugs,” Mr Kim Yan said, adding that 7,056 drug users were sent to rehab centres for treatment.