Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged four men and a woman with trafficking nearly three kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and ketamine and unlawfully having four guns in the province.
Provincial police chief Major General Ath Khem identified the accused as Chan Morn, 25; Khim Chamroeun, 26; Chuon Phal, 28; and Sok Neth, 27; and Mr Chamroeun’s girlfriend Chuob Dalin, 27.
He noted that they were arrested on Monday and face from 30 years to life in jail if convicted.
Maj Gen Khem said the five allegedly sold drugs to users in the province and also Battambang and Siem Reap provinces.
“They belong to a drug ring that sells drugs to users in three provinces,” he said. “They were arrested at about 5.30pm in the province’s Serey Sorphon city after they transported drugs to sell to an undercover police officer who posed as a drug dealer.”
Maj Gen Khem said that the undercover officer spent months negotiating with the accused over the price of drugs he wished to buy.
He noted that police set a trap to catch them when they came to deliver the drugs in Serey Sorphon city.
Maj Gen Khem noted that after their arrests, police seized 8,764 crystal methamphetamine tablets; 1,995.01 grams of crystal methamphetamine powder; 8.51 grams of ketamine; 2.96 grams of ecstasy; four drug weighing scales; four pistols with 27 bullets, six phones, cars and other drug paraphernalia.
Brigadier General Chap Sorith, provincial anti-drug trafficking police chief, said yesterday that the accused were charged with drug trafficking and unauthorised possession of a weapon.
He noted that all five are in prison pending their trial.