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Couple charged with trafficking drugs in front of casino

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Svay Rieng Provincial Court yesterday charged and jailed a Cambodian and his Vietnamese girlfriend for allegedly trafficking crystal meth, ecstasy, ketamine and cocaine in Bavet city.

Lieutenant Colonel Vong Saroeun, provincial military police deputy commander, identified the man as Chea Vibol, 30, and the woman as Nguven Thimiyean, 27, who worked at a Chinese-owned casino in the city.

He noted that both were charged with drug possession and drug trafficking. They were arrested in front of a casino in the city on Sunday.

Lt Col Saroeun said that at 8.30pm on Sunday, the couple travelled on a motorbike and carried drugs from their rental house in Bavet commune for sale to users at a casino in the city.

He said when they arrived in front of the casino, military police officers in the area stopped them and inspected the motorbike.

“Our military police officers found many types of drugs hidden under their motorbike’s saddle,” Lt Col Saroeun noted. “They were then arrested and the drugs were seized as evidence.”

He said military police seized 33 small packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 50 grams, two small packages of ketamine weighing 5.56 grams, 33 ecstasy pills weighing 12 grams, 8.46 grams of ecstasy powder, 15.24 grams of cocaine, a scale, two phones and the motorbike from the accused.

Lt Col Saroeun noted that Mr Vibol and Ms Nguven are now in prison pending trial.

In another case, Kampong Cham provincial police on Tuesday arrested six people for suspected drug use and trafficking in Batheay district.

Major Seng Vichetr, provincial Anti-Drug Police Department deputy chief, identified them as Yen Phally, 47; his wife Chin Thach, 40; Pan Engdeng, 29; Sovann Theary, 28; Slay Marn, 28; and Thol Bunthoeun, 23.

He said all six were distributors who sold drugs to users at guesthouses or nightclubs in Kampong Cham city.

Maj Vichetr noted that they were arrested at about 4pm on Tuesday after provincial anti-drug trafficking police, in collaboration with local police forces and led by the provincial court prosecutor, raided a rental house in Batheay district’s Taing Kraing commune.

“They were arrested after provincial anti-drug trafficking police raided their rental house in the commune,” he said. “They were arrested while they were smoking drugs in the house.”

Maj Vichetr noted that after the arrests, police seized 17 packages of crystal meth weighing nearly 100 grams, a scale, two phones, two motorbikes and other drug paraphernalia from the suspects.

He said that after their arrests, all six tested positive for drug use.

Maj Vichetr added that the six are accused by police of drug use and trafficking and will be sent to the provincial court today.

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