Stung Treng Provincial Court yesterday charged a Laotian national with drug trafficker over the smuggling of three kilos of crystal methamphetamine from Laos to Cambodia.
Brigadier General Mao Dara, Stung Treng provincial police chief, identified the accused as Thang Louth Praserth, 50, from Champa Sak province’s Champa Sak district in Laos.
Brig Gen Dara said he was charged with drug transporting and faces a life sentence if convicted. He noted that the offence allegedly took place in Stung Treng province’s Thalaborivath district last weekend.
Brig Gen Dara said that the accused was arrested on Friday by anti-drug police from the Interior Ministry, along with provincial police. After teh arrest, polcie seized a car and the drugs from the accused, he added.
Major Bun Sam Ol, deputy chief of the provincial anti-drug police, said the accused was arrested at about 1.30 pm after he transported the drugs by car from Laos for sale to an undercover officer along the border.
“He was arrested immediately following a report from the Laotian police who had arrested a suspected drug trafficker who was part of the same network,” he said.
He added that after the arrest, police seized three big packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 3,173 grams.
On June 26, three drug traffickers were arrested in a separate case that led to the seizure of 120 kilos of crystal methamphetamine along the same border.
The three accused were identified as Chheav Thearo, 35, Hem Savorn, 35, and Theav Tongheng, 37.
The trio was charged by the provincial court with drug trafficking.