Preah Vihear Provincial Court on Monday charged and jailed a military officer and four carpenters over the trafficking of $5,000 worth of crystal meth in Tbeng Meanchey district.
Lieutenant Colonel Sok Chamroeun, deputy chief of the Provincial Anti-Drug Trafficking Department, identified the five accused as Bi Bun, 44, a military officer at the Preah Vihear Provincial Military Base; Eam Sath, 32; Eam Nesan, 31; Sam An, 40; and Men Sorphoan, 22.
The four accused carpenters were living in Mr Bun’s house in Kampong Branak commune.
Lt Col Chamroeun said that among the five accused, Mr Bun was yesterday charged with drug use, drug trafficking, and unauthorised weapons possession, while the other four were charged with drug use and trafficking.
They all were arrested on Sunday in Tbeng Meanchey district and have now been sent to prison pending trial.
Lt Col Chamroeun noted that at about 10.30am on Sunday, two of the five accused, Mr Sath and Mr Sorphoan, sold a package of crystal meth to an undercover police officer for $5,000 in Tbeng Meanchey district.
“The two men were then surrounded and arrested immediately by our police,” he said. “After their arrests, we seized a big package of crystal meth weighing 450 grams, two phones and a motorbike from them.”
Based on Mr Sath’s and Mr. Sorphoan’s confessions, police later arrested the remaining accused, who were the owners of the drugs seized.
He added that after their arrests, police confiscated three AK-47 rifles, three phones and ammunition.
After their arrests, all tested positive for drug use, he added.