Following a raid on a nightclub yesterday in Preah Sihanouk province, provincial police arrested 53 foreign and Cambodian suspects and seized 29 small bags and vials of drugs ready for distribution.
Sun Sophat, provincial deputy police chief, said that police worked with a provincial court prosecutor to carry out the raid.
Mr Sophat said that police raided Skyline nightclub in Sihanoukville’s Buon Commune at about 1am yesterday.
He added that during the operation, police detained 53 suspects, including 24 Cambodians, and 29 foreign nationals from China, Indonesia and South Korea.
Police also seized various drugs already packaged and ready to be distributed in the nightclub.
“Fifty-three suspects are being questioned in order to apprehend who’s behind all this, including the owner of the nightclub,” he said. “We will prepare the court documents for them and schedule a hearing.”
Mr Sophat identified the owner as Kruy Phanna, who was also the manager. He added that his business licence has been suspended pending further instructions from the provincial court.
Mr Sophat said that authorities have in the past instructed the adult entertainment industry to avoid serving drugs to customers.
“So we will take new measures because the government, as well as provincial officials, are concerned about drug use across the province,” he said. “Therefore, police are cooperating with the government to fight against drugs and we will continue to crack down on all locations suspected of dealing drugs.”
Nep Yana, a nearby resident, said that she supports the initiative to keep places in the entertainment industry drug-free.
Ms Yana said that strict measures must be taken for anti-drug laws to be effective.
“I would like to ask that they continue this campaign in all places,” she said. “At every location, including karaoke places and casinos.”
Earlier this month, the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police said that 4,381 drug crimes, involving 8,682 suspects, were processed in the first seven months of this year.
It added that police managed to seize more about 300 kilograms of methamphetamine, cocaine, ketamine and marijuana, as well as 108 scales, 45 cars, 1,051 motorbikes, 2,821 cell phones and 14 firearms.