The General Immigration Department deported 17 Chinese and two Thai nationals on Monday over the use of drugs.
Lieutenant General Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the department, said yesterday that the accused drug users were sent back to their respective countries.
“We deported them in the afternoon,” he said, noting the Chinese were sent to Guangdong province and the Thais to Bangkok.
Those deported were arrested on January 20 when municipal anti-drug trafficking police raided an entertainment centre and netted 55 foreigner nationals for allegedly using and trafficking drugs in Chamkar Mon district.
Lieutenant General Loeuk Vannak, the anti-drug trafficking department chief, said at the time that the foreigners included 29 Chinese, 23 Vietnamese, two Thai women and a South Korean man. Three Cambodians, including two women, were also arrested in the raid.
He said that the raid on the PRO KTV entertainment centre in Boeng Trabek commune was led by the municipal court prosecutor at about 12.30am on Saturday, following three weeks of surveillance.
General Mok Chito, deputy chief of National Police who is in charge of anti-drug trafficking, declined to comment yesterday.
Meanwhile, Svay Rieng provincial immigration police have found 1,273 Chinese nationals lacking work permits among 2,554 Chinese nationals working at enterprises and hotels in Bavet city.
Has Bunthy, provincial labour department director, said the workers must get legal papers to remain employed in the Kingdom.
“Police officials did not detain them, but informed them what is required to remain in the country,” he said.