Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged two Vietnamese nationals and seven Cambodians with drug use and drug trafficking in two separate cases involving a total of 17 packages of crystal meth weighing 250 grams in the capital.
Keo Sopheak, a court clerk, identified the Vietnamese as Vin Thanh An, 37 and Nguven Yaingsy, 30, and the Cambodians as Yun Chamreoun, 29; Prey Sam Oun, 32; Ream Sarem, 27; Toeu Tour, 28; Chea Sokchy, 24; Kry Rorng, 22; and Suo Ratanak, 18.
He noted that the Cambodians were arrested on Saturday while the Vietnamese were arrested on Sunday.
Mr Sopheak said the seven Cambodians are charged with drug use and trafficking 15 small packages of meth weighing 150 grams while the Vietnamese are charged with drug use and trafficking two large packages of the drug weighing 100 grams.
All nine are now in prison pending their trials.
Captain Ly Sarith, a municipal military police officer, yesterday said that the seven Cambodians were arrested at about 11.30pm on Saturday after military police raided their two rental rooms in Por Senchey district.
“They were arrested while they were smoking drugs inside their rental rooms in Chom Chao II commune,” he said. “After their arrests, military police seized 15 small packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 150 grams, a drug scale and drug paraphernalia from them.”
He added that after their arrests all seven tested positive for drug use.
In the other case, he said that the two Vietnamese were arrested at about 10pm on Sunday after police raided their rental house in Chbar Ampov district.
Cap Sarith noted that after their arrests, police seized two big packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 100 grams, a drug scale and drug paraphernalia from them.
He said both Vietnamese also tested positive for drugs.