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Authorities to burn two tonnes of drugs

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Police pick up the drugs from the court. Koh Santepheap

Interior Ministry’s National Authority for Combatting Drugs will destroy nearly two tonnes of drugs on Wednesday to mark an upcoming anti-drug day, an official has said.

General Meas Vyrith, secretary general of the NACD, said officials will burn about two tonnes of drugs and illegal substances on Wednesday in Phnom Penh to mark the International Day Against Drugs. He also noted that all confiscated drugs are destroyed every year.

“A total of two tonnes of drugs and ingredients of pure illegal substances weighing 420 kilograms [will be burned],” Gen Vyrith said.

He said the drugs were confiscated throughout the whole of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. These drugs include methamphetamine, ketamine and ecstasy. He added that the ceremony will be presided over by Interior Minister Sar Kheng.

“This was by the effort of all of our officials that have confiscated the drugs and prevented it from being distributed to consumers,” Gen Vyrith said.

According to a year-end report issued in 2018 by the NACD, there was a 12.5 percent increase in the amount of drugs seized by police, despite a drop in the number of arrests.

General Mok Chito, deputy chief of National Police, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

However, he previously noted that illegal drugs flow into the country through its northeast borders, via the post office and through airports.

“Methamphetamine flows from Laos and into our provinces,” Gen Chito said at the time.

Gen Chito noted that drugs hitting the Cambodian market can have a street value of about $20,000 per kilogram, depending on the drugs. If the drugs reach the United States or Australia, the street value can jump to about $100,000 per kilogram, he said.

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