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Man charged with drug trafficking

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a man suspected of trafficking approximately 2.5 kilograms of drugs in the city.

According to court documents, the accused was identified as Sok Mathly, 31, from Boeung Keng Kang II commune in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district.

Mr Mathly was charged with drug possession and trafficking after he was arrested on Saturday by the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police department. He faces up to a life sentence if he is convicted.

Lieutenant General Loek Vannak, chief of the department, said the accused was previously suspected of distributing drugs in the city.

He said officers from the department and Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor Phlong Sophal raided Mr Mathly’s rental house in Boeung Keng Kang II commune and arrested him at about 5.30pm on Saturday.

Lt Gen Vannak noted that police seized approximately 2.5 kilograms of drugs, comprising of about 1.5 kilograms of ecstasy powder, 224.91 grams of ecstasy pills, 419.15 grams of ketamine, 276.04 grams of crystal meth, 3.82 grams of methadone, two scales and one phone from him.

He added that after his arrest, the accused was sent to the Anti-Drug Police Department for questioning before he was then sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday.

Lt Gen Vannak said Mr Mathly is currently in pre-trial detention.

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