Stung Treng provincial police yesterday sent a Laotian suspected of being a drug dealer to the provincial court for questioning over the transportation of nearly three kilograms of crystal meth from Laos into the province.
Lieutenant Colonel Chem Phaneth, provincial anti-drug trafficking police chief, identified him as Phan Savy, 35, a farmer from Polikhamsai province in Laos.
He said the suspect was arrested at about 7.30 pm on Wednesday by provincial anti-drug police, in collaboration with the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Drug Police Department, after he crossed the border checkpoint in Borey O’Svay Senchey district’s O’Svay commune on foot and carrying a bag.
“He was arrested red-handed transporting drugs from the Laotian border and crossing into Cambodian territory,” Lt Col Phaneth noted. “After the arrest, police inspected his bag and seized three big packages of crystal meth weighing 2,990 grams and two phones from him.”
“Police now are seeking to arrest other suspects involved in the case and bring them to justice,” he added.
Lt Col Phaneth said Mr Phan has been accused by police of drug possession and trafficking and faces a life sentence if convicted.
He noted that the suspect is still being questioned at the provincial court.
Sun Yoeuth, court spokesman, could not be reached for comment yesterday.