Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Saturday charged three Chinese nationals with using and trafficking nearly 300 grams of crystal meth in Sihanoukville city on Thursday.
Major Sok Seila, provincial anti-drug trafficking department deputy chief, yesterday identified them as Li Feng, 32, Pan Jun, 35, and Du De Young, 30.
He said that all three are charged with drug use and trafficking and face between two and ten years in jail if convicted. The accused are now in prison pending trial.
Maj Seila said the three men were distributors who sold drugs to users in casinos or nightclubs in the province.
He said that Mr Feng was arrested at about 11am on Thursday when police raided his rental house in Buon commune, noting that police seized two small packages of crystal methamphetamine and a phone from him.
Maj Seila said that based on Mr Feng’s confession, police arrested Mr Pan and Mr Du at their rental house in Pi commune at about 1.30pm on Friday.
He added that police seized 30 small packages of crystal meth weighing nearly 300 grams, two phones and other drug paraphernalia from them. Maj Seila noted that after their arrests, all three tested positive for drugs.
In another case, prison guards on Saturday arrested a former convict who was caught red-handed distributing three small packets of crystal meth hidden in bananas to a prisoner in Ratanakkiri province.
Major Hok Srun, provincial anti-drug trafficking department deputy chief, yesterday identified the suspect as Vanna Run, 36, a motorbike taxi driver living in Balung city.
He said that Mr Run had been convicted in 2015 by Ratanakkiri Provincial Court and sentenced to two years in prison for drug trafficking, noting that he was released last year.
Maj Srun said that at about 9am on Saturday, Mr Run brought food and bananas to give to a 35-year-old friend was convicted for drug trafficking and is serving time in the provincial prison in La Basiek commune.
He said that when Mr Run wanted to give the food and bananas to his friend, prison guards inspected the items and found three small packages of crystal methamphetamine hidden in the fruits.
“He was arrested red handed after the prison guards inspected the bananas and found the drugs hidden inside,” Maj Sun said. “After his arrest, the prison guards seized three small packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 1.85 grams, two phones and a motorbike from him.”
He added that after his arrest the suspect was handed over to provincial police for further action. Maj Srun noted that police have accused Mr Run of drug trafficking and he faces up to three years in jail if convicted.
He said the suspect is still being questioned at the provincial anti-drug trafficking police department and will be sent to the provincial court today.
Brigadier General Tin Sovanny, provincial prison chief, yesterday said that to prevent drug trafficking at the prison, prison guards always search family members who visit or bring food to the prisoners.
He added that all food items are also scanned before they are given to the prisoners.