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Man charged with drug trafficking

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Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a motorbike taxi driver for allegedly trafficking nearly four kilograms of drugs in Sen Sok district.

Lieutenant General Loek Vannak, chief of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police department, identified the accused as Yen Choeun, 29, a motorbike taxi driver from Toek Thla commune in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.

Lt Gen Vannak said Mr Choeun was charged with drug possession and trafficking after he was arrested on Tuesday in his house in Toek Thla commune. He faces up to a life sentence in jail if convicted.

He added that after the arrest, police seized nearly four kilograms of crystal meth, ketamine and ecstasy, one phone and one motorbike from him.

Captain Bun Chantha, an officer with the ministry’s Anti-Drug Police Department, said Mr Choeun was previously suspected of transporting drugs from the Lao border to distribute in Phnom Penh.

Cap Chantha said a police officer posed as a drug dealer and contacted Mr Choeun to purchase drugs from him.

He added that police were able to identify him and locate his house, which officers and the municipal court prosecutor raided at about 7pm on Tuesday.

“He was arrested red-handed after police raided his rental house on Tuesday,” Cap Chantha said.

“After the raid and his arrest, police seized about 3.25 kilograms of crystal meth, 346 grams of ketamine and 253.23 grams of ecstasy, which in total amounted to about 3.85 kilograms of drugs, as well as one motorbike and one phone from him,” he added.

Cap Chantha said Mr Choeun is currently in pre-trial detention.

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