Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a soldier with illegally possessing a weapon and selling drugs to an undercover police officer in Kandal province on Monday.
Major Sok Sareth, an Anti-Drug Trafficking Department police officer at the Interior Ministry, identified the accused as Captain Sorithy Satya, 36, working with the Kandal provincial military base and living in Ang Snoul district.
Maj Sareth said that Cap Satya was a drug distributor and was charged with drug trafficking and unauthorised possession of a weapon.
He said that at about 8.30 pm on Monday, the accused sold two packages of crystal methamphetamine to the undercover police officer at his house in the district’s Damnak Ampil commune.
“While the accused was selling the drugs to the undercover officer from the ministry, our anti-drug police raided the house,” Maj Sareth said. “He was arrested after he sold the drugs.”
He said that after his arrest, police seized two packages of crystal meth weighing nearly half a kilogram, a phone, a pistol and a machine gun, along with several bullets and other drug paraphernalia from him.
Maj Sareth added that after his arrest, Cap Satya was detained at the Interior Ministry for questioning and was sent to the municipal court yesterday.
Ly Sophanna, municipal court spokesman, could not be reached for comment yesterday.