Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Saturday charged five Chinese nationals with trafficking 156 packages of methamphetamines.
They were: Xi Qingsen, 41, Hai Liang, 40, Yang Ke, 37, Hu Cheng Xiang, 30, and Chin Yi, 27.
Brigadier General Sun Sophath, chief of the provincial anti-drug trafficking department, said they were arrested on Thursday and had been sent to prison pending their trial.
Brig Gen Sophath said that early on Thursday, the five travelled in a Toyota Camry in order to bring drugs from Phnom Penh to the province.
The car hit a truck which was parked on the edge of National Road 4 in Taney commune, in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district. No one was hurt.
He said that after the accident, district police on guard nearby intervened.
“But the occupants saw the police. One of them carried a big black package and fled into the forest while other four fled in different directions,” Brig Gen Sophath said.
“Police were suspicious about their activities. We chased them and arrested them immediately but another man escaped.”
After their arrests, police seized 148 small packages of crystal meth and eight packages of methamphetamines weighing nearly half a kilo, five phones, one Toyota Camry, as well as other drug paraphernalia.
Police now are hunting the other suspect.