Courts charge drug suspects in Phnom Penh, Svay Rieng

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Police with the accused drug dealers. CEN

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a 33-year-old man over the alleged trafficking of more than three kilograms of methamphetamine in the city.

Major Sok Sarith, an anti-drug trafficking police officer in the Interior Ministry, identified the accused as Choey Mony, an unemployed 33-year-old living in Phnom Penh’s Thmey commune.

Maj Sarith said that the accused was charged with drug possession and trafficking. Mr Mony is currently in pre-trial detention and faces up to a life sentence if convicted.

Maj Sarith noted that the accused was arrested in his home at 2.30pm on Friday, where police seized 3,009.76 grams of crystal meth, one motorbike and one phone.

Maj Sarith added that Mr Mony confessed to transporting the drugs seized from Stung Treng province the day before he was arrested.

In a separate case, Svay Rieng Provincial Court yesterday charged seven people over the alleged trafficking of drugs in the province, including the involvement of trafficking more than 60 kilograms of crystal meth into Vietnam.

Lieutenant Colonel Hem Vichetr, provincial anti-drug trafficking department deputy chief, said that all seven people were charged with drug trafficking following their arrests on May 14 in Kruos commune.

Lt Col Vichetr said police arrested the accused as a result of cooperation with Vietnamese anti-drug police, who on May 13 arrested 41-year-old Truong Quoc Cuong in Long An province’s Vinh Hoeng district and seized a total of 63.6 kilograms of crystal meth.

Lt Col Vichetr said that according to Vietnamese police report, the drugs seized were brought in from Cambodia’s Svay Chrum by the accused, namely 45-year-old Ros Oeun, his 41-year-old wife Ouk Heang, as well as five others.

Lt Col Vichetr noted that the report led to the arrests of Mr Oeun and Ms Heang on May 14 in their home in Kruos commune, where police seized 436.06 grams of crystal meth and other drug related materials. The accused couple during police interrogation identified their friends, who were also arrested later that day.

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