Phnom Penh police, in cooperation with Daun Penh district police, on Monday arrested two men suspected of drug trafficking in Srah Chak commune.
Major Heng Sopheak, a police officer with the municipal anti-drug department, yesterday said that 22 people, including one woman, were arrested at about 7pm on Monday at a slum area near the railways in Pi village in Daun Penh district’s Srah Chak commune.
Maj Sopheak noted that police suspected the group of people had gathered to purchase drugs. Officers who were deployed to the location surrounded and arrested them immediately, he added.
“They were suspected of distributing and using drugs, they came to purchase drugs near the railways in Srah Chak commune at night,” Maj Sopheak said. “Police surrounded and arrested them when they were purchasing drugs.”
Maj Sopheak said that police seized a total of 140 packages of various sizes containing crystal meth, one scale, one sword, 17 phones and 12 motorbikes, as well as other related materials from them.
Maj Sopheak added that they were all sent to the municipal Anti-Drug Police Department in Phnom Penh for questioning and further investigation.
Maj Sopheak did not reveal their identities.
Lieutenant General Sar Thet, chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Police, yesterday said that police tested their urines following their arrests. He noted that 19 of the 22 people tested positive for drug use while the remaining three tested negative.
Lt Gen Thet explained that investigations concluded that two of the men were trafficking the drugs, 17 were drug users who came to purchase the drugs and three other men were not related to the case, as they had only travelled on motorbikes with their friends to the location.
“For this case, our police officers have decided to accuse the two men, who were the owners of the drugs seized, with drug trafficking and will send them to court this Wednesday for them to be punished in accordance with the law,” Lt Gen Thet said.
“However, the 17 people, who were the drug users, will be sent to the municipal rehabilitation centre for drug treatment while the remaining three were freed because they were not related to the drug case,” he added.