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Laotian nabbed with 30 kilos of meth

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Police with the accused and the drugs seized from him. Koh Santepheap

Interior Ministry and Stung Treng provincial anti-drug trafficking police on Sunday arrested a Lao man who allegedly tried to smuggle more than 30 kilograms of crystal meth into Cambodia from Laos.

General Mok Chito, deputy National Police chief in charge of anti-drug affairs, yesterday identified the suspect as Kob Kiripath, 43, from Champa Sak province’s Champa Sak district in Laos.

He said Mr Kiripath was arrested on Sunday by anti-drug police from the ministry in collaboration with provincial anti-drug police who seized the drugs and a car from him.

Gen Chito added that the suspect is detained at the provincial police headquarters for questioning.

Major Sok Samoun, a provincial anti-drug police officer, yesterday said that Mr Kiripath was arrested at about 2pm after he transported drugs for sale to an undercover police officer at the border in Thalaborivath district.

“He was arrested while he transported the drugs by car from Laos for sale to our undercover police officer,” he said. “He was arrested red handed with the drugs inside his car.”

Maj Samoun noted that after his arrest, police seized 30 big packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing more than 30 kilograms and the car from him.

He added that Mr Kiripath is accused by police of drug transporting and trafficking and faces life in prison if convicted.

The suspect will be sent to the provincial court for questioning today.

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