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Man charged with trafficking six kilos of ecstasy

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Officers document the drugs in front of the accused. Anti-Drug Police

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a Chinese national who allegedly trafficked more than six kilograms of ecstasy in the city on Monday.

Major Khuon Ly, a municipal anti-drug trafficking police officer, identified the accused as Ou Ming, 30, a tourist.

He said Mr Ou was charged with drug trafficking and faces life in jail if convicted. He is now in prison pending trial.

Maj Ly said the accused was arrested on Monday by municipal anti-drug police in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmey III commune.

According to a police’s report obtained yesterday, at about 3 pm on Monday, the accused drove a Lexus car along Street 154 in Phsar Thmey III commune.

The car hit a tuk-tuk, causing a Cambodian woman passenger to be seriously injured. Police who were nearby immediately sent her to the Calmette hospital for treatment.

The report said after hitting the tuk-tuk, Mr Ou drove off and tried to flee the scene but police officers on motorbikes gave chase.

It noted that the accused panicked and abandoned the car about one kilometre away and fled on foot carrying a bag.

The report said the chasing police officers managed to stop him and arrested him.

It said after his arrest, police inspected the bag and seized six large packages containing 11,680 tablets of ecstasy weighing more than six kilograms.

In another case, the court yesterday charged and jailed a woman who allegedly trafficked nearly one kilogram of crystal meth in the city centre on Monday.

Major Meas Sarith, an Interior Ministry anti-drug trafficking police officer, identified her as Ma Chanthy, 35, a cosmetics vendor, living at a rental house in Russey Keo district’s Russey Keo commune.

He said the accused was charged with drug possession and drug trafficking and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. She is now in prison pending trial.

Maj Sarith noted that Ms Chanthy was arrested by the ministry’s anti-drug police at about 9.30am on Monday in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmey I commune after she sold the drugs to an undercover police officer.

“She was a drug trafficker who had been transporting drugs from the Laotian border, in Stung Treng province, for distribution to users in Phnom Penh,” he said. “She was arrested after she sold the drugs to our undercover officer.”

Maj Sarith said that after the arrest, police seized a big package of crystal methamphetamine weighing 999.56 grams and a phone from her.

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