Police have cracked down on 5,145 drug cases and arrested more than 10,000 suspects for drug use and trafficking thus far this year.
According to a National Police report, there were 5,145 drug crimes involving 10,199 suspects across the country from January to August. Of the suspects, 213 were foreigners.
The report, issued yesterday, said that there were 3,304 cases related to drug trafficking, storing, possessing, and growing which involved 5,956 suspects. There were also 1,841 cases of drug use with 4,234 people arrested.
The report said that police seized 487.35 kilos of hard drugs, as well as 38.73 kilos of marijuana and 132,175 marijuana plants.
It added that police confiscated a number of vehicles and properties, including 59 cars, 1,258 motorcycles, 3,322 mobile phones, 135 scales, 17 handguns and 12 assault rifles.
Police have also asked for a freeze on the properties of five suspects, including two plots of land, one cultivated land and two houses.
Deputy National Police chief General Mak Chito, who is in charge of anti-drug trafficking, said that compared to the same period of last year, the number of cases and arrests are similar.
However, he noted that this year police have cracked down on many big cases of drug trafficking.
He said that most of the drugs brought into Cambodia were from along the borders of Myanmar and Laos in Stung Treng province. Other drugs were brought in on flights and via the post office.
Gen Chito noted that the traffickers were charged, while most of the drug users have been sent to centres to get treatment.
“Drug users are victims, so we educate them and force them to get treatment at the centres after they are arrested,” he said.
Gen Chito noted that if drug users fail to reform their behaviour and are again arrested, then they will be jailed.
He said there are at least 200 drug users in prison currently.