Stung Treng Provincial Court on Sunday charged two farmers with drug trafficking over the transportation of more than one kilogram of crystal meth from Laos to Cambodia.
Lieutenant Colonel Seng Sarun, deputy chief of the Anti-Drug Trafficking Department in Stung Treng province, identified the accused as Sam Sang, 70, and Muth Sai, 60, both from Stung Treng province’s Kandal village.
Lt Col Sarun said they were yesterday charged with drug trafficking and are facing a maximum life sentence each if convicted.
Lt Col Sarun added that they were arrested on Thursday by provincial anti-drug police in Thalaborivat district and have been placed in pre-trial detention pending their trial.
Lt Col Sarun said that at about 4.30pm on Thursday, the two accused used a motorbike to transport the drugs into Cambodia from Laos.
Lt Col Sarun noted that they noticed police while driving the motorbike in Preah Rumkel commune and tried to flee, but police became suspicious and gave chase.
Following their arrests, police seized a large package of crystal meth powder weighing over 1.2 kilograms, as well as their motorbike, he noted.
“They denied that they were drug traffickers or the owners of the drugs seized,” he said. “But they confessed that they were hired by an unknown Lao man for $500 each to bring the drugs from the Lao border to give to an unidentified Cambodian man in Stung Treng province,” he said.
In a separate case in Takeo province, one of two suspects was arrested on Saturday for drug possession and trafficking.
Provincial police chief Major General Sok Samnang identified the suspect as 22-year-old Yim Vany, from Takeo province’s Doung commune.
Maj Gen Samnang said that about at about 4pm on Saturday, authorities raided a house in Doung commune.
Maj Gen Samnang said that the raid took place after an undercover police officer contacted two men to buy drugs.
“During the raid, there was cross fire between the suspects and our police forces. But no one was injured or killed,” Maj Gen Samnang said. “One of them was arrested by police at the house, while another remains at large.”
“Police are now still searching to arrest him,” he added.
Maj Gen Samnang noted that after the suspect’s arrest, police seized two packages of crystal meth weighing about 300 grams, one pistol along with five unused bullets, two swords, one drug scale, four phones and other related drug paraphernalia.
The suspect will be sent to Takeo Provincial Court for questioning today.