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Soldier, woman charged with drug trafficking

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The two accused drug traffickers. Swift News

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 Military Region I 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.

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 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.”

Maj Vichetre added that during his interrogation, Maj Navannak confessed that he was hired by Ms Nhorng and police then prepared a trap to nab her.

He noted that she was arrested on Wednesday at about 11am in the commune’s Siem Pang village after getting a call from Maj Navannak to collect the drugs from him.

In a separate case, Siem Reap provincial police on Wednesday arrested three men and two women who allegedly trafficked nearly one kilogram of crystal meth in the province.

Major Men Seila, provincial anti-drug trafficking deputy police chief, did not identify the suspects but said they were arrested at about 2am in raids on two rental houses in the province’s Siem Reap city.

“Police located them after they sold drugs to an undercover officer,” he noted. “They were arrested after provincial police raided the two neighbouring houses in the district’s Slor Kram commune.”

He added that the suspects are detained at the provincial police headquarters for further questioning and will be sent to the provincial court today.

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