Svay Rieng provincial court charged four Vietnamese nationals on Saturday with possessing and trafficking about half a kilo of methamphetamine and ecstasy in the border city of Bavet.
Major Lim Seng, a police officer with the provincial anti-drug department, said the four were Hay Voeukhong, 66; Nguven Thileuy, 24; Buoy Thilou, 34, and Troeug Thimai, 23. They all worked at a Vietnamese-owned casino in Bavet city.
He said that at about 10am on Thursday, provincial anti-drug police, in collaboration with provincial immigration and Bavet city police, raided the four accused’s rental house in Bavet Kandal village.
Police identified them and found out where they were living after the arrest of an Israeli man who was part of their drug network on February 3 in Bavet city on the Vietnamese border.
Based on the Israeli man’s confession, police arrested them on Friday.
“They were drug distributors, and had been selling drugs to users who were gambling in casinos or night clubs on the Cambodian-Vietnamese border,” he said. “They were arrested at their rental house. They were arrested with the evidence.”
He added that after inspecting their house, police seized two big packages of methamphetamine weighing nearly a half kilo, 40 ecstasy pills, a scale, five phones and other materials.
Provincial police chief Major General King Khorn yesterday said the four had been sent to prison pending a trial, adding that according to the weight of drugs seized from them, they face at least ten years each if convicted.