Soldier charged with drug trafficking

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Major Choum Navannak, 40, from the First Military Region. Photo: Police

Stung Treng Provincial Court yesterday charged a soldier and a woman with transporting more than one kilogram of methamphetamine from Laos into Cambodia in Siem Pang district.

Major Mao Vichetre, provincial anti-drug deputy police chief, identified the accused as Major Choum Navannak, 40, from the First Military Region based in the province, and Saing Nhorng, 48, a timber businesswoman living in the district.

He said both are charged with transporting drugs and face life sentences if convicted. Maj Vichetre noted that both accused are in prison pending trial.

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He said that Maj Navannak was arrested at about 1.30pm on Tuesday after he transported the drugs from Laos to the district’s Sekong commune.

Maj Vichetre noted that the accused was hired by Ms Nhorng, and paid $500, to bring in the drugs for her to distribute to drug rings in other provinces.

“Choum Navannak was arrested with red-handed while he carried the drugs on foot from the Cambodian-Lao border to Senkong commune,” he said. “After his arrest, police seized a big package of crystal meth weighing1,024.56 grams and a mobile phone from him.”

Full story in Friday’s paper

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