Foreigner suspected of trafficking drugs in Phnom Penh

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Police officers document the drugs in front of the accused. Kampuchea Thmey

Police in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Monday arrested a Chinese national suspected of trafficking more than six kilograms of ecstasy.

Major Khuon Bunly, a police officer with the municipal anti-drug department, identified the suspect as Ou Ming, a 30-year-old Chinese national.

Maj Bunly yesterday said that at about 3pm on Monday, the suspect was driving a Lexus car along Street 154 in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmey III commune when he hit a tuk-tuk.

Maj Bunly noted that a passenger inside the tuk-tuk was seriously injured. The victim was rescued by police and sent to a hospital for treatment.

“After hitting the tuk-tuk, and injuring a Cambodian woman, the suspect drove away and fled the scene of the accident,” Maj Bunly said. “Police then got on motorbikes to chase after him until he was surrounded.”

He noted that after 15 minutes of chasing, the suspect stopped his car on the side of the road, jumped out and attempted to run until police finally apprehended him.

“After the arrest, some people who were angry beat him until he was injured,” Maj Bunly said.

He added that after the arrest, police brought the suspect, along with luggage that belonged to him, to the district police office for questioning.

Upon inspecting the luggage, police found and seized six large packages containing a total of 11,680 ecstasy pills. Police also seized the Lexus car from him.

Colonel Teang Chansar, district police chief, yesterday said that the suspect is temporarily detained at the municipal anti-drug department for further questioning.

Col Chansar added that the suspect is accused of drug trafficking and faces up to a life sentence if convicted.

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