Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged a Thai national and a Cambodian over the alleged trafficking of more than seven kilograms of drugs in Poipet city.
Meas Chanpiseth, provincial court prosecutor, identified the accused as 32-year-old Phungchan Sensan from Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province and 37-year-old Ath Samrach from Poipet city.
Mr Chanpiseth said the two suspects were charged with drug trafficking, and could face a life sentence if convicted.
He said police arrested the two men on Friday, seized the drugs and sent them to prison pending a trial.
Brigadier General Baun Bin, commander of the provincial military police, said at 3pm on Friday, the two men travelled on a motorbike to transport the drugs from the Thai border to the Phsar Kandal commune’s Tuol Pongror village.
Brig Gen Bin said the two men fled into a nearby forest upon seeing military police officers waiting for them near the commune, but military police managed to surround the forest, flush them out and arrest them.
He noted that according to military police investigation, and confessions of the accused, the two men transported the drugs from Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province to be stored in Mr Samrach’s home. Brig Gen Bin said the drugs were meant to be distributed to casino gamblers.
“They targetted users and drug dealers near casinos in Poipet city,” he said. “They were arrested with sufficient evidence as they were transporting drugs from Thailand.”
Brig Gen Bin said police confiscated more than two kilograms of the methamphetamine in various packaging, more than 5.2 kilograms of WY putaw (heroin) tablets, the motorbike and four mobile phones.