Officers from the Kandal provincial department of agriculture and the Agriculture Ministry’s department of animal health stopped two trucks allegedly violating pig import regulations yesterday.
The pigs had been smuggled from Vietnam through the border in Takeo province, while the trucks were stopped en route to the capital.
Oul Dorin, chief of animal health and production at Kandal agriculture department, said officials had pursued three trucks altogether.
“There were three trucks crossing Kandal province. The first was one homemade truck carrying 12 pigs, and we stopped it with some officers on standby there.
“Then came another big truck that we managed to stop.
“Then another big one came along, so the officers standing by the first truck had to let it go to chase the big one to the Iron Bridge near Diamond KTV in Dangkor district where it was stopped,” he said.
He said the operation was difficult because there had been no cooperation from the truck drivers and because of a lack of resources.
“We had only four cars,” he said.
The truck stopped in Kandal belonged to Heng Sokheng company, Mr Dorin said, warning their licence will be revoked if they do not cooperate with law enforcement.
“The truck had the correct permissions, but was overloaded by 10 pigs,” he added.
Mr Dorin said there were likely many more trucks that do not have permits.
“We could only stop one truck belonging to Heng Sokheng company in Kandal, while the other two managed to escape, one of which was stopped in Phnom Penh,” he said.
The owners face fines from 10 to 15 million riel ($2,500 to $3750) and the revoking of their licence for repeat offences.