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Police snare another Lao drug trafficker

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused. Koh Santepheap

Stung Treng Provincial Court yesterday charged a Lao national for allegedly smuggling nearly one kilogram of methamphetamine across the border.

Major Duong Vichetr, deputy provincial military police commander, said 43-year-old Bun Ma was arrested on Thursday in Stung Treng city and charged yesterday with transporting and trafficking drugs. If convicted, Mr Ma could face up to 25 years in prison.

Maj Vichetr said the suspect was arrested after crossing the border on foot at about midnight.

“He spotted our military police and fled into the forest with a big bag that he was carrying,” he said. “Officers then chased him and was able to apprehend the suspect.”

Maj Vichetr said that after inspecting the bag, officers discovered 39 packages of methamphetamine weighing a total of 793.3 grams.

Aside from the drugs, police also confiscated two phones and about $95 in Thai Baht.

The case follows one from March 3, when anti-drug police from the Interior Ministry worked with the Stung Treng Provincial anti-drugs department to arrest a Lao national for allegedly transporting nearly 30 kilograms of methamphetamine.

The drugs seized by police. Koh Santepheap

The accused was identified as 43-year-old Kob Kiripath, from Laos’ Champa Sak province.

The provincial court charged Mr Kiripath with transporting and trafficking drugs. If convicted, he could face a life sentence.

Meanwhile, Koh Sotin district police in Kampong Cham province on Saturday arrested 12 people accused of using and trafficking methamphetamine.

Major Ly Bunseng, an officer with the provincial anti-drugs department, said the 12 were living in Koh Sotin district’s Peam Brothnuos commune and were selling drugs to users in bars, KTVs and guesthouses throughout the province.

He noted that police had monitored their activities for months before arresting them on Saturday.

“They were arrested red-handed after their rental homes in Peam Brothnuos commune were raided by police on Saturday,” Maj Bunseng said. “Police had known about them because they sold drugs to undercover police officers.”

Following the arrest, police confiscated drugs weighing nearly one kilogram, a scale, eight phones, five motorbikes, a pistol, as well as other drug-related materials.

Maj Bunseng said all 12 tested positive for drugs and have been sent to the provincial anti-drugs department for further questioning. They are expected to be sent to court today.

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