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Farmer arrested for transporting drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Stung Treng provincial military police yesterday arrested a suspected drug trafficker for transporting nearly one kilogram of crystal meth.

Colone Duong Vichetr, deputy commander of the Stung Treng provincial military police, identified the suspect as 38-year-old Touch Vath, a farmer from Sre Por village in the province’s Srah Russey commune.

Col Vichetr said the suspect was arrested at about 12pm yesterday while travelling on foot from the Laos border to Stung Treng city. The suspect was carrying a bag containing the drugs intended for an undercover military official.

“He was arrested while carrying the evidence, the drugs, which he had carried from the Laos border to be sold to an undercover military police officer. The officer was disguised as a drug dealer and sought to buy drugs from the suspect,” Col Vichetr said. “Following his arrest, military police seized a package of crystal meth weighing a total of 946.3 grams from him.”

Col Vichetr said the suspect denied he was a drug trafficker and confessed that he had been hired by an unidentified Laotian man to carry the drug from the border and to give it to an unknown Cambodian man in Stung Treng city.

According to the suspect’s confession, the unidentified Laotian man had promised to pay a fee of $1,000, Col Vichetr added, noting that the payment would only be made after the drug transaction was successful.

The suspect did not receive any money and was instead arrested by military police.

Col Vichetr added that the suspect is now temporarily detained for further questioning at the Stung Treng provincial military police headquarters.

Mr Vath will be sent to the provincial court for questioning today.

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