Phnom Penh police will send 17 suspects arrested during an anti-drug raid on the Luxurious nightclub to court today.
Phnom Penh police chief Lieutenant General Sar Thet said yesterday that the 17 were among 100 people who tested positive for drug use after the raid on Saturday.
He said those being sent to court have been identified as drug users and distributors.
“The 17 people will be sent to the court tomorrow,” he said. “Some of the others who tested positive for drug use are Cambodians and have been advised to seek rehabilitation.”
On Saturday at about 2am, police raided the club in Daun Penh district and arrested 408 people, including 187 women. Police also seized drugs at the premises.
More than half of those who were arrested were Chinese, Vietnamese, Singaporean or Malaysian nationals. Police have also identified the club owner as a Vietnamese national and are seeking an arrest warrant from the court.
Lt Gen Thet said that police are now working with the Interior Ministry’s Immigration Department to have the arrested foreign nationals, some of whom also tested positive for drug use, deported to their home countries.
He noted that about 300 people who tested negative for drugs were freed after they signed a contract and promised to stay away from drugs.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Ly Sophanna yesterday confirmed the court is now examining the case for legal action.
General Meas Vyrith, National Authority for Combating Drugs secretary-general, yesterday said that police suspect that the drug distributors arrested at Luxurious nightclub are hiding more drugs in other places.
“After questioning them, we feel that they are part of a large drug syndicate,” he said. “Police are investigating the case further to see if we can identify their accomplices.”
“I believe there is a place where the syndicate is hiding a large amount of drugs,” Gen Vyrith added.