Authorities destroy tonnes of drugs

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A pile of drugs burns yesterday on Koh Pich in Phnom Penh. KT/Siv Channa

Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday warned police officers to not be involved with drugs as he oversaw the destruction of nearly two tonnes of seizures to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Speaking to thousands of government officials, Mr Kheng ordered all police officers to not be involved with drugs or tolerate drug use.

“This is important and I want to stress this,” he said. “Drug dealing is a complex crime. We have sought support and participation from the public, so we must implement our role in combating drugs. If we can’t, we will fail.”

Mr Kheng said that although Cambodian laws do not have a death penalty for drug crimes, all police officers must not underestimate the issue and its consequence.

“We must not tolerate any relatives who are involved in drug deals either,” he said. “When you intervene in a drug case, you must take responsibility for that.”

General Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of the NACD, said anti-drug police seized 310 kilograms of drugs and arrested a dozen suspected ringleaders during the first five months of this year, a reflection of the government’s serious efforts on tackling the issue.

“This fruitful result is due to the hard work of relevant parties and the superiority of management from the national to sub-national level,” he said.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng oversees the burning of drugs yesterday. KT/Siv Channa

Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor Keo Sothea yesterday said the court handled a total of 6,830 drug related cases while seizing 420 kilograms of drugs between June 2017 and June 2019.

“The high amount of illicit drugs seized suggests that drug dealers and traffickers were trying to wreck the Cambodian people,” he said. “Those who used drugs were influenced and they dare to use any type of drugs that leads to social unrest.”

Bou Sokha, mother of a young addict, yesterday shared her experience of having a daughter who was addicted to drugs, in which she described as a nightmare.

“My daughter used ice,” she said. “She was so aggressive. She argued with us, her parents and relatives. She sold all valuable properties in the house. Her father tried to control her but he could not and he turned sick and died.”

Ms Sokha said that she did not give up on her daughter who was a victim of drug use, noting that she finally convinced her daughter to go into rehabilitation and she is now fully recovered.

“From my experience, I would like to call on all children to stay away from drugs and spend more time with family members,” she said.

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