Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged two men who allegedly transported more than two kilograms of methamphetamine from Stung Treng province into the capital.
Colonel Yin Panharith, an anti-drug trafficking police officer, identified the accused as Lor Sokunthear, 40, from Stung Treng province, and Singthin Outhang, 28, a Lao national living in Vientiane.
Col Panharith noted that both were arrested in a sting operation at about 10pm on Friday in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district.
He said that after their arrests, police seized two packages of methamphetamine weighing 2,012 grams, and two mobile phones.
Major Keo Sarith, an anti-drug police officer, said the accused were members of a ring that often transported drugs from the Cambodian-Lao border in Stung Treng to distribute to users in Phnom Penh.
He noted that an undercover police officer, posing as a dealer, had been in touch with them for about a month to persuade them to bring drugs from Stung Treng province for him to buy in Phnom Penh.
Maj Sarith said that Mr Sokunthear and Mr Outhang were arrested in Russey Keo district’s Tuol Sangke commune after they sold the drugs to the undercover officer.
“They were arrested red-handed after they sold drugs to the undercover officer,” he said. “After their arrests, police seized two big packages of methamphetamine weighing more than two kilograms.”