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Sought Belgian drug smuggler caught

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Eddie J. Taller Tanguy, sentenced drug trafficker. Facebook/ Interior Ministry's Anti-Narcotics Department

Anti-Drug Police arrested Eddie J. Taller Tanguy, a Belgian national, at Bavet International Checkpoint in Svay Rieng Province on Thursday (Oct.4); he seemed to be trying to flee to Vietnam.


An arrest warrant for Mr Tanguy was issued by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after he was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment and a fine of $20,000 for drug trafficking.

He was charged in the aftermath of a drug mule’s failure to clear customs at Phnom Penh International Airport in January.

The mule, 34 year-old Belgian national David Noel Catry, was trying to smuggle over a kilo of cocaine from Brazil to Cambodia.  The dope was hidden in his luggage

He confessed to being offered $30,000 by a Brazilian named Tang Guise for the job.  He was charged and convicted – he got life imprisonment and $20,000 in fines.

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