Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a man who impersonated a military police captain and extorted money from drug users in Ponhear Leu district.
Major Heng Vuthy, a provincial police officer, identified the accused as Ros Chan, 31, who is jobless and lives in the district.
He noted that the accused was arrested by district police on Friday and is charged with using a uniform similar to that of the police or military, unauthorised possession of weapons and threats accompanied by extortion.
The accused is still being questioned by the investigating judge, he said.
District police chief Colonel Duong Teng said that according to police investigations, the accused first posed as a military police captain on September 10 and rode his motorbike to chase after two youths he knew to be drug users and distributors.
Col Teng noted that the accused caught up with the youths at the district’s Oudong mountain and seized two large packets of crystal methamphetamine and their motorbike.
“He then extorted $1,200 from them in exchange for their release and fled the scene,” he said.
Col Teng said that at about 9am on Friday, Mr Chan again posed as a police captain, armed himself with a pistol, and chased after two drug users in the district’s Chrey Loas commune.
He noted that after “arresting” them the accused seized a small packet of crystal methamphetamine and their motorbike.
“He then asked them for $300 each to secure their release,” Col Teng said, “He threatened that he would take them, the drugs and the motorbike to his office and then to court to jail them if they did not pay up.”
He noted that the frightened youths phoned their parents to bring the money to where they were being held.
Col Teng said that the parents, however, were suspicious and alerted the district police who followed them to the spot at about 11am and arrested Mr Chan.
He added that after his arrest, police seized the pistol, with six bullets in it, and the military police uniform from the accused.
Col Teng noted that Mr Chan could not produce an ID to prove he was a military police officer and also did not have a licence for the gun.