Anti-drug police caught a 25-year-old man red-handed processing methamphetamine during a raid in Phnom Penh’s Kantouk commune on Saturday morning.
Police officer Major Meas Sarith with the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department identified the suspect as Khin Mab from Kantouk commune.
“He was arrested during the raid on a rental villa in Trapaing Kuol village where he was producing the drugs,” he said. “The owner of the villa, who is his boss and the ringleader of a drug syndicate, is still at large.”
He said that police seized 69 small and 20 large packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing more than 15 kilos.
“Police are still investigating the case and looking for the ringleader and other suspects,” Maj Sarith added.
He said that the suspect has been detained for questioning and will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court today.
In another case, Kratie Provincial Court yesterday charged a military officer with trafficking more than one kilo of crystal methamphetamine.
Major Chan Sophal, the provincial anti-drug deputy police chief, identified the officer as Khin Rithy, 40, who is based in the province. The accused faces a life sentence if convicted.
Maj Sophal said the accused was arrested on Friday evening in Chetr Borey district.
“He was transporting drugs in his car from the Cambodian-Laotian border in Stung Treng province for sale in Kratie province,” he said. “He was arrested after police inspected the car and found a big package of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside.”
He added that police seized 1,032 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a Nissan car, a mobile phone, cash and drug paraphernalia.
The accused is now in prison pending trial.