Preah Sihanouk provincial police on Saturday arrested seven Chinese nationals and a Malaysian national who allegedly trafficked several packages and tablets of meth in Sihanoukville.
Colonel Phul Phorsda, Sihanoukville police chief, yesterday said provincial police officers, in collaboration with his officers, arrested the suspects during four raids in Sihanoukville’s Bei commune.
“Provincial police officers in collaboration with my officers raided several locations and arrested eight foreigners including seven Chinese and a Malaysian,” he said.
Col Phorsda declined to comment further and referred questions to provincial police chief Major General Chuon Narin.
Maj Gen Narin could not be reached for comment, but provincial Governor Yun Min confirmed the arrests.
However, he declined to give details and referred the matter to anti-drug trafficking police.
Brigadier General Sun Sophat, provincial anti-drug trafficking deputy police chief, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
A provincial police report identified the Chinese suspects as Huang Yishui, 40, Yang Tao, 28, Huang Long Jie, 18, Yang Xuan Huan, 19, Chu Chin Liang, 38, Du Tong Gang, 29 and Ren Jin Xin, 24. It identified the Malaysian as Dai Yong, 24.
It said that during one raid police arrested Mr Huang and Mr Yang at a rental house in the commune and seized several packages of crystal meth, 29 marijuana joints and a drug scale from them.
The report said that following their interrogations, police raided another rental house in the commune and arrested Mr Long Jie and Mr Xuan Huan and seized two large packages and 32 tablets of methamphetamine and also a drug scale and three mobile phones from them.
It added that police then raided another rental house in the commune and arrested Mr Chu who had ten packages and three tablets of meth and Mr Du who had four packages of meth and a drug scale on them.
The report said that in a fourth raid, police arrested Mr Ren and Mr Dai and seized 28 packages and 28 tablets of methamphetamine and two drug scales from them.