UNODC to set up office in capital’s airport

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The airport is often a drug transit point. KT/Mai Vireak

The government and the United Nations in December will launch a new office in Phnom Penh International Airport to combat the flow of drugs in and out of the Kingdom.

General Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, met with Mark Stanley, regional container control programme coordinator with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, on Tuesday to discuss the new office.

Since 2017, the government and UNODC have worked together to combat the flow of illegal goods in the country, beginning with the Preah Sihanouk Autonomous Port.

“Both parties discussed the work and how to strengthen and promote the regional container control programme,” Gen Vyrith said.

The UN will begin moving equipment into the airport in December prior to the launch, he said.

“The office will control illegal goods, including drugs at Phnom Penh International Airport,” Gen Vyrith said.

Phnom Penh International Airport is often a transit point for drug smugglers, he noted.

Last week, immigration police arrested a Chinese national attempting to smuggle nearly two kilograms of methamphetamine to Hong Kong via the airport.

In January, a drug mule was arrested at the airport for attempting to smuggle one kilogram of cocaine from Brazil.

Lieutenant General Loek Vannak, director of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department, said that since the beginning of the year, National Police have cracked down on 6,277 cases, arrested 12,541 suspects and seized 500 kilograms of various drugs throughout the country.

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