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Two indicted in two-kilogramme meth bust

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Nhim Kimleang, left, and Sok Chantha are arrested after simultaneous drug bust operations. Police

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Sunday charged and detained two men accused of possessing and transporting nearly two kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine in the capital.

Municipal Anti-Drug Department Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel Rim Mech identified the accused as Cambodian-Vietnamese Sok Chantha, 57, a moto-taxi driver from Russei Keo district and Cambodian Nhim Kimleang, 21, unemployed, from Tuol Kork district.

They were indicted for “keeping, transporting or illicit traffic of narcotic substances” under Article 40 of the Law on Drug Control, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Lt Col Mech said Kimleang was arrested in a sting operation on Friday afternoon in Toek La’ak I commune.

“He was arrested after handing over drugs to an undercover police officer posing a drug user,” he said. “Police seized a big package of crystal methamphetamine weighing one kilogramme from him.”

Using information gathered from Kimleang’s confession, police later arrested Chantha on the eve of the same day in Russei Keo district.

Another pack of the same drug, weighing 929.84 grammes, was seized from the accused. The pair has since been sent to prison awaiting trial.

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