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NACD destroys another 36 kilogrammes of drugs

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Keut Rith (third from left) leads officials to burn the drugs during the event in Svay Rieng province yesterday. Justice Ministry

The National Authority for Combating Drugs yesterday destroyed more than 38 kilogrammes of drugs and drug-producing chemicals during an event to mark the international day against drug abuse which was on June 26.

The event, under the theme “Getting rid of drugs must start with us”, was held in Svay Rieng province and saw the destruction of 36 kilogrammes of crystal meth, over 2.26 kilogrammes of chemicals used for making drugs and 8.96 grammes of marijuana.

The drugs and chemicals were accumulated seizures from arrests in Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, Kampong Cham and and Tboung Khmum provinces.

At the event, Svay Rieng governor and provincial NACD chairman Men Vibol said the burning ceremony was very important because it reflected the authorities’ success.

“The current incineration of drugs has also made it clear to the people and the public that all drug paraphernalia seized by the police has not been used for any other purpose and were properly stored,” he said.

Pok Manny, a Justice Ministry under-secretary of state, said at the event that in the past some people have questioned what the authorities do with the drugs seized during crackdowns.

He said this was the second time the authorities in Svay Rieng province have held a ceremony to burn drugs accumulated from seizures.

Justice Minister Keut Rith, who is also deputy director of the NADC, said at the event yesterday they had cracked down on more than 30,000 cases, detained more than 60,000 suspects and seized more than 2,300 kilogrammes of drugs so far this year.

“The drug problem and the COVID-19 crisis are a challenge for all of us. The influx of drugs from neighboring countries leads Cambodia to become a market and a place of production,” he said.

In connection with the case of a Cambodian woman who was sentenced to death in Vietman for trafficking drugs, Rith said the ministry, in collaboration with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, is seeking ways to save her from the death penalty

“This case is not over yet, with the remaining stages of the appeal process still pending,” he added.


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