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Married couple nabbed in drug bust operation

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Banteay Meanchey Provincial Anti-Drugs police arrest two suspects in possession of 1.5 kilogrammes of methamphetamine. Police

Police in Banteay Meanchey province arrested a husband and wife on Sunday after seizing nearly 1.5 kilogrammes of methamphetamine from the duo in Serei Sophoan city.

Deputy chief of the Provincial Anti-Drug Department Major Seng Vanna identified the suspects as Chhin Sampov, 51 and his wife Tuy Sothea, 47.

Both are grocers living in Keab village, in Poipet city’s Toek Thla commune.

Maj Vanna said they both were suspected of drug dealing, often bringing drugs to sell in the province.

He said that police knew of the pair after an undercover officer who posed as a drug dealer contacted them to buy drugs on the day of their arrest.

They were arrested at about 1.30pm on Sunday after provincial anti-drug police forces, in collaboration with Serei Sophoan city police and the prosecutor of the Banteay Meanchey provincial court, raided their house.

“They were arrested while selling drugs to the undercover police official,” Maj Vanna told Khmer Times yesterday.

Maj Vanna said after their arrests, police seized a total of 30 packages of drugs weighing nearly 1.5 kilogrammes, one scale, two phones and other drug-related paraphernalia from their house.

He said they are accused of “drug possession and trafficking” and face life sentences if convicted.

The pair is still temporarily detained for questioning and further investigation at the provincial police headquarters.

They are due to be sent to the provincial court for questioning today.


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