Fourteen people were arrested on Tuesday by Siem Reap provincial anti-drug trafficking police over drug use and trafficking.
Brigadier General Oum Mara, deputy provincial police chief, said military police forces raided the Mega Entertainment club in Siem Reap city.
“They were drug users and distributors in the province,” he said. “They were arrested by police red-handed while they were smoking drugs inside the club.”
He said that after the arrests, police seized 16 packages of ketamine, as well as other drug materials from them.
Police also conducted urine tests, which came back positive for drug use for 12 of the suspects, he noted.
He added that after questioning them, police released two suspects who worked at the club and who did not test positive for drugs.
Major Suon Sopheak, deputy chief of the provincial anti-drug trafficking department, said that of the remaining 12 suspects, one is the general manager of the club and another its DJ, and also a cook.
The three staffers have been accused by police of drug use and drug facilitation, while the other nine have been accused of drug use and trafficking.
The 12 suspects remain at provincial police headquarters and will be sent to the provincial court today.