Takeo Provincial Court yesterday charged a 23-year-old woman for attempting to smuggle 13 kilograms of marijuana from Kirivong district to Vietnam.
Major Chhun Somethea, provincial military police deputy commander, identified the accused as Phin Puoy, a farmer from Chroy village.
Maj Somethea said Ms Puoy was charged with drug trafficking and has since been sent to prison pending trial.
Ms Puoy was arrested on Wednesday while attempting to transport the drugs, he said.
On her way to a border checkpoint, she suddenly turned around as soon as she saw border guards patrolling the checkpoint.
As she fled, border guards made note and pursued her into a nearby forest.
“When she saw our military officers, she turned around and fled into dense forest,” Maj Somethea said. “Military police gave chase, and she was later arrested.”
He said that after stopping Ms Puoy, military police discovered 13 kilograms of marijuana on her bike.
Military police confiscated the marijuana, the motorbike, two cell phones and $50.
Captain Eang Sarun, a Kirivong district military police officer, said Ms Puoy admitted to police that she bought the marijuana from unidentified villagers in the district in order to make profit in Vietnam.
“She confessed that she transported marijuana three times now,” Cap Sarun said. “It was always the same amount.”He noted that military police are now seeking to arrest Ms Puoy’s suppliers.