Ratanakkiri provincial police officers on Sunday arrested three men who allegedly trafficked five packages of meth in Banlung city.
Major Leang Im, provincial police anti-drug bureau chief, yesterday identified the suspects as Cheang Nang, 35, Tal Poeng, 35, and Duong Sophorn, 36.
He said they were arrested in a rental house during an anti-drug operation in Boeng Kanseng commune, where police seized five big packages of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and two motorbikes.
“Now we are questioning them and we will send them to the court soon,” Major Im said.
Major General Nguon Koeun, provincial police chief, and Brigadier General Vann Sangvath, provincial deputy police chief in charge of drug crimes, declined to comment yesterday.
Last week, the National Authority for Combatting Drugs issued a year-end report showing a 12.5 percent increase in the amount of drugs seized by police, despite a drop in the number of arrests.
The report noted that police confiscated 533 kilograms of drugs last year, up from 296 kilograms in 2017, despite a drop in the number of arrests, from 17,795 in 2017 to 16,232 last year.
The report said the drugs seized included methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana.