Authorities yesterday checked on nearly 200 kilograms of seized drugs at Stung Treng Provincial Court and will destroy them today.
Major General Mao Dara, provincial police chief, yesterday said the drugs were seized in Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, Kratie, Ratanakkiri and Mondulkiri provinces and were kept at the court.
“The drugs came from five provinces but most of them were seized in Stung Treng province,” he said, noting that they were confiscated in 2018 and the cases had been dealt with in the courts.
“Provincial and Justice Ministry officials opened the packages of drugs and reviewed them before they are taken to be burnt at the compound of Stung Treng provincial airport in Stung Treng city,” Maj Gen Dara added.
He noted that Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana and General Mok Chito, deputy National Police chief, will attend the ceremony to burn the drugs this morning.
General Chito, who is also deputy secretary-general of the National Authority for Combatting Drugs, yesterday confirmed that he would attend today’s ceremony in Stung Treng province.
He noted that nearly 200 kilograms of drugs will be burnt and they came from five provinces.
“A total of 193.84 kilograms of drugs were seized, of which more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine and ketamine were from Stung Treng province,” he said, noting that all the drugs were worth nearly $3 million.
Last week, Interior Minister Sar Kheng 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.”