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Group charged over Luxurious nightclub drugs

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The accused arrive at court yesterday. KT/Siv Channa

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged 17 people arrested last week during an anti-drug raid at the Luxurious nightclub.

Court spokesman Ly Sophanna said all were charged with drug trafficking, facilitating drug use, possessing drugs or being accomplices to the crimes.

“The 17 suspects were charged in accordance with articles 40, 42, and 44 of the law on drugs management, including article 29 of the criminal code,” he noted.

Mr Sophanna said that the case has now been sent to the investigating judge and the suspects have been placed in pre-trial detention.

The suspects, including a Chinese national, five Vietnamese, and 11 Cambodians, worked in the club as managers, accountants and security guards.

They were among 93 people who tested positive for drug use after the raid at the nightclub.

At about 2am on Saturday, Phnom Penh police raided the club in Daun Penh district and arrested 408 people. Police seized 62.7 grams of illicit drugs and various drug-related equipment.

Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng last week requested the court issue an arrest warrant in order to have the club owner, identified as a Vietnamese national, arrested.

General Meas Vyrith, National Authority for Combating Drugs secretary-general, on Wednesday said that police are still investigating the case, noting the club was temporarily closed.

“So far we have discovered a few hints and clues,” he said. “We are still trying to identify their accomplices.”

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