The latest report by the National Authority for Combatting Drugs (NACD) has noted an overall decrease in drug-related crimes across the Kingdom recorded during the first eight months of this year.
According to the report, so far this year the NACD has recorded around 14,000 cases involving illicit drugs, over 1,000 less than the 15,144 recorded by authorities in the first eight months of 2019, the report said.
The report added that of this number, 7,025 had involved major cases involving narcotics, which have seen the seizure of almost 700 kilograms of illegal drugs.
The illegal drugs included 286 kilogrammes of marijuana and 19,292 kilogrammes of marijuana leaf, said the report.
At least 14,038 suspects were arrested, of who 881 were females and 201 were foreigners.
During the crackdown, the NACD also seized 87 cars, 17,777 motorbikes, 5,068 telephones, 23 pistols, 17 rifles, over $20,000 in cash and other equipment and paraphernalia.
According to the report, most of the drug offences are included trafficking, storage and illegal distribution.
At least 5,553 drug users were involved in the cases and 2,480 were detained – of who 208 were females – with 310 eventually being brought to court.
Secretary-general of the NACD General Meas Vyrith said that most of the drug users were 18 to 35 years old and rural migrants who had moved to the capital.
He also said that most of drug users found in the report were recorded in the capital.
“Many drug offences are conducted in secret, remote places, hidden from society. Therefore, the authorities find it difficult to crack down on these criminals operations.
President of the NACD Ke Kim Yan said that the prevalence of drugs in Cambodia presents a danger to society.
However, he said despite the challenges, the NACD and relevant authorities are still committed to ending drug use by informing the public about the risks and impacts of drug use and trafficking and continuing with education programmes at schools, amongst other campaigns.