Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday charged a Lao-Canadian national with trafficking nearly four kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in the city.
Major General Loeuk Vannak, anti-drug trafficking police chief, identified the suspect as Chao Xieng, 50, who was arrested on Wednesday after transporting the drugs from Stung Treng province.
Maj Gen Vannak said the suspect is a drug ringleader who often transported drugs from the Lao border in Stung Treng to stock and distribute in Phnom Penh.
Mr Xieng is now in prison pending his trial.
Captain Kuon Bunly, an anti-drug police officer, said that police arrested the suspect at about 5pm on Wednesday in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district’s Tuol Tumpong 1 commune after he transported the drugs in a taxi from Stung Treng province.
“Acting on a tip-off, police followed him,” Cap Bunly said. “He got out from the taxi holding a bag and walked to his rental house.”
“When he was near his house, anti-drug police arrested him, checked his bag and found the drugs,” he added.
Cap Bunly said that police seized four big packages of methamphetamine weighing nearly four kilograms from Mr Xieng. Police are now looking for other members of the ring.