Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged two Vietnamese women who allegedly tried to smuggle nearly one kilogram of methamphetamine, hidden in a toy bear, from Cambodia to Australia.
Major General Loek Vannak, chief of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug trafficking department, identified the accused as Tam Hiu Ting, 55, a Chinese-Vietnamese; and Chan Dara, 27, a Cambodian-Vietnamese.
He said they are charged with drug transporting and face up to 30 years in jail each if convicted.
Maj Gen Vannak noted that the two women were arrested on Monday at the DHL office in Phnom Penh and are now in Prey Sar prison pending trial.
Major Sok Sarith, a police officer with the department, said that at about 4pm on Monday DHL staff inspected a parcel containing a toy bear which the accused were sending to Australia. He noted that staff felt something inside the toy and alerted police.
Maj Sarith said that police found a big package containing crystal meth stuffed inside the toy bear and arrested Ms Tam and Ms Chan.
“They were working for a foreign drug ring to courier the drugs ,” he said. “They were arrested by our police officers after we seized the drugs at the DHL office.”
Maj Sarith noted 961.90 grams of crystal methamphetamine were seized. He added that police have provided the name and address of the parcel’s recipient to Australian National Police.