Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a drug ring leader and an underling who allegedly trafficked more than two kilograms of crystal meth in the city.
A court document identified them as Touch Seiha, 34, jobless and living in Tuol Kork district and Taing Srun, 36, also jobless and living in Prampi Makara district.
The two accused were charged with drugs possession and trafficking and face life in prison each if convicted.
Major Keo Sarith, an Interior Ministry anti-drug trafficking police officer, said both men belonged to a drug ring and often brought drugs through the Cambodia-Laos border in Stung Treng province to stock in their houses in the capital for distribution to users.
He said Mr Seiha was arrested at about 7pm on Thursday by the ministry’s anti-drug police at his rental house in Tuol Kork district’s Phsar Doeum Kor commune. After his arrest, police seized 227.61 grams of crystal meth, a drug scale, and a samurai sword from him.
Maj Sarith noted that the accused was arrested following a sting operation during which an undercover police officer contacted him a month ago to buy drugs.
“Mr Seiha was arrested after he sold the drug to our undercover officer at his rental house in Phsar Doeum Kor commune,” he said. “After his arrest and based on his confessions, our police later arrested Mr Srun, who was the drug ringleader, at his house in O’Russey 4 commune.”
Maj Sarith noted that Mr Srun was arrested at about 3.30 pm on Saturday after police raided his house where 2,525.30 grams of crystal meth, 19 kilograms of plastic bags used for packaging drugs, two drug scales, three phones, and other related materials were seized.
He added that after their arrests, police completed questioning them and they were sent to court where the investigation judge put them into pre-trial detention.