Kampong Cham provincial police on Saturday arrested more than a dozen people accused of trafficking and using drugs.
Colonel Pen Teang Chamroeun, chief of the Chamkar Loeu district police, said the suspects were males aged 16 to 28.
Col Chamroeun said they were drug dealers who sold drugs to users at guesthouses and nightclubs in Kampong Cham city.
He added that they were arrested on Saturday at about 3pm by local police who were working with the provincial anti-drug trafficking department and the provincial prosecutor.
Col Chamroeun noted that before the arrest, an undercover police officer posed as a drug dealer to purchase drugs from Sou Hongly, one of the suspects, from his home in Chamkar Loeu district.
He said that as the undercover police officer was purchasing the drugs from Mr Hongly, police who were in civilian clothing moved in on Mr Hongly’s home.
Mr Hongly and 17 other people who were in the home were arrested.
“They were arrested after provincial anti-drug police raided the home,” Col Chamroeun said. “They were caught red-handed as they were smoking drugs in the house.”
He added that police confiscated 33 packages of methamphetamine, two scales, 19 phones, eight motorbikes, one air pistol and other drug-related materials.
He noted that all suspects tested positive for drugs.
Major General Em Kosal, chief of provincial police, said they were accused by police of drug use and trafficking.
“Police are now questioning them,” Maj Gen Kosal said, noting that they will be questioned by the provincial court today. “They are accused of using and trafficking drugs.”