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Five held over drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused were selling drugs to users in Stung Treng province. Swift News

Stung Treng Provincial Court yesterday charged five people over their alleged involvement in trafficking drugs along the Cambodian-Lao border in the province.

Lieutenant Colonel Chem Phaneth, chief of the provincial anti-drug trafficking police department, yesterday identified the accused as Chea Soda, Tol Salloh, Toan Sokkry, Nov Vannak and a minor.

Lt Col Phaneth noted that the accused lived in Russey Kandal commune in Siem Pang district.

He said that they were charged with drug trafficking and faces up to ten years in prison each if convicted. They were sent to prison pending the trial.

Lt Col Phaneth said that the accused were arrested on Thursday at about 7.30pm after provincial anti-drug police raided their rental home.

“They were active dealers who sold drugs to users in the province,” he said. “They were arrested, with evidence, after we raided their home in Russey Kandal village.”

“Provincial police spent three weeks investigating them before we decided to move in for the arrest,” he added.

Police seized a total of about 300 grams of methamphetamine, 20 phones and other drug-related materials, he said.

Police are now seeking to arrest other suspects linked to the drugs, he noted.

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