Oddar Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged a man who allegedly posed as a police officer and posted a photo of him in uniform in an advertisement to sell drugs on his Facebook page.
Major General Men Ly, provincial police chief, identified the accused as Phoeu Phos, 29, a farmer living in Samrong city’s Samrong commune.
He said Mr Phos was charged with drug use, trafficking and using a uniform similar to police. He faces up to three years in jail if convicted.
Maj Gen Ly said the accused was arrested on Wednesday by provincial penal police in Samrong city and is now in prison pending trial.
Major Muong Sameth, a provincial penal police officer, yesterday said that Mr Phos on Monday posted the advertisement on his Facebook account under the name“Pos-Pos”.
He said that the post was criticised by several Facebook users.
“He posed as a police officer and also announced that he was selling drugs,” Maj Sameth said. “His activities and the post seriously affected the honour and reputation of our National Police, as well as all Cambodians.”
He noted that after receiving many complaints from Facebook readers, police conducted an investigation to identify and find the person who posted the advertisement.
Maj Sameth said police tracked down Mr Phos and on Wednesday arrested him in his house in Phneath village.
He said that after the arrest, police seized a small package of crystal meth, four phones, a police uniform bearing the rank of Captain and other drug paraphernalia from him.
Maj Sameth noted that after his arrest, Mr Phos tested positive for drug use.