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Man arrested over drug trafficking

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
The accused with police. CEN

Municipal anti-drug police on Saturday arrested an alleged drug trafficker and seized more than 100 packages of crystal meth.

Captain Keo Sokheng, a police officer at the Municipal Anti-Drug Department in Phnom Penh, identified the suspect as unemployed 20-year-old Lim Ratana from the capital’s Srah Chak commune.

Cap Sokheng said that the suspect was targeted for drug use and trafficking in the slum areas along the railroads in Srah Chak commune, where he was arrested at about 12pm on Saturday.

“He was involved in gang activities and actively distributed the drugs to users in slum areas in Boeng Kak II and Srah Chak communes,” Cap Sokheng said. “According to his confession during police interrogation, he was hired by drug trafficker for $10 per day to sell the drugs to drug users in slum areas.”

“He was arrested with evidence while he was standing and selling the drugs to users along railroads in slum areas in Srah Chak commune,” he added.

Cap Sokheng noted that after his arrest, police seized 124 small packages of crystal meth and two drug scales from him.

Following his arrest, police took him to inspect his residence, where they seized four samurai swords and two cleavers, as well as paraphernalia.

Cap Sokheng added that after his arrest, police conducted a urine test, which came back positive for drug use.

Colonel Teang Chansar, chief of Daun Penh district police, confirmed yesterday that the suspect is temporarily detained at the district police office for further investigation.

He added Mr Ratana was accused of drug trafficking and unauthorized holding of weapons, referring to the samurai swords that were seized. He will be sent to the municipal court for questioning today.

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