Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged seven people with drug use and trafficking for distributing narcotics in Thmar Puok district along the Cambodian-Thai border.
Lieutenant Colonel Sao Saroeun, Thmar Puok district police chief, identified the accused as Sok Sai, 37; Haing Sopheak, 28; Sotr Toeu, 18; Keat Buth, 37; Khim Chan, 47; Rak Navy, 29; and Khoeun Sreymin, 37.
Lt Col Saroeun said they were arrested on Saturday at about 3pm after police raided three different rental houses in Banteay Chhmar commune.
“They were drug distributors who sold drugs to users in Thmar Puok district,” he said. “Police searched for them for many weeks before we found their hiding places and raided them over the weekend.”
“They were arrested red-handed while they were smoking drugs,” he added.
After the arrests, police seized 629 tablets of methamphetamine, 26 packages of crystal meth, 19 mobile phones, cash and drug paraphernalia.
Police also conducted urine tests on all of the accused, which each came back positive, he noted.
Major General Ath Khem, provincial police chief, said all seven have been jailed pending their trial.
“To reduce drug trafficking and use in Banteay Meanchey, our provincial police in collaboration with relevant local authorities are continuing to weed out distributors,” he said.