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Chinese national arrested over massive shipment of ecstasy

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The accused was arrested after police set up a sting operation at the post office. Swift News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday charged a Chinese man with trafficking nearly 100 kilograms of ecstasy pills via post from Germany.

Major Sok Setha, an internal security police officer, identified the accused as Yao Zeye, 33, who was charged with drug trafficking. He was arrested on Tuesday and faces a life sentence if convicted.

Maj Setha said that on the morning of August 5, postal staff in Daun Penh district inspected seven large boxes sent from Germany. They were addressed to Mr Yao, who lives in Phnom Penh, and had his contact number.

Maj Setha said that the postal staff found the ecstasy pills hidden inside packets of animal feed and alerted the internal security police department at the Interior Ministry.

He added that police seized 980,435 grams of ecstasy pills and laid a trap for the accused.

Maj Setha said that at about 11am on Tuesday morning, a post office worker called Mr Yao to come and collect the boxes and police arrested him.

“He was arrested him red-handed after he came to collect the boxes,” he said. “After his arrest, we brought him to our department for further questioning.”

Some of the drugs seized by police. Swift News

Maj Setha said that police were now seeking other suspects, including foreigners, who are believed to be accomplices.

Mr Yao is now in Prey Sar prison pending his trial.

In a separate case, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday charged a Chinese man with selling drugs to tourists at his karaoke shop in the province.

Captain Sok Sothy, a provincial anti-drug trafficking police officer, identified the suspect as Lin Nian Yu, 35, who managed the shop.

Cap Sothy said that the accused was arrested at about 12.30am on Thursday and is charged with drug trafficking.

“He was arrested after he sold drugs to an undercover officer,” Cap Sothy said. “Police seized three large packets of ketamine weighing nearly 200 grams, a drug scale, $140, a phone and other drug paraphernalia from him.”

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