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Taxi driver charged over drug run

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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Takeo Provincial Court yesterday charged a taxi driver for smuggling nearly one kilogram of crystal meth from Laos into Cambodia in Stung Treng province and then selling it to an undercover police officer in Takeo province.

Major Sok Kosal, deputy chief of the provincial military police anti-drug trafficking department, identified the accused as Ros Sophoan, 45, living in Daun Keo city.

He noted that Mr Sophoan is charged with drug possession and trafficking. He faces life in jail if convicted.

Maj Kosal said that provincial military police arrested the accused at about 10am on Saturday after he sold the drugs to an undercover police officer.

“He was a taxi driver who frequently transported drugs from the border in Stung Treng province for distribution to users in Takeo province,” he said. “Our undercover officer negotiated with him for two weeks to sell the drugs to him.”

Maj Kosal noted that police seized three packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 817.33 grams, two mobile phones, a Toyota Camry and other drug paraphernalia from the accused.

He added that Mr Sophoan is now in prison pending trial.

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