Preah Vihear Provincial Court yesterday charged two Laotians with trafficking more than one kilogram of crystal meth from Laos to sell to an undercover police officer at the Cambodia-Laos border in the province.
Major General Yin Chamnan, provincial police chief, identified them as Khuon Manikita, 46, and Sok Thavong, 46, both farmers from Champasak province in Laos.
He noted that the accused were charged with drug trafficking and face a life sentence each if convicted. They are now in prison pending trial.
Maj Gen Chamnan said Mr Manikita and Mr Thavong were arrested at about 9.30pm on Thursday after they crossed the border by taxi and delivered the drugs to the undercover officer at a guesthouse in Chaeb district.
He added that after their arrests, police seized a big package of methamphetamine weighing more than one kilogram and two phones.
Major Huoth Song, an officer with the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug intervention office who led the operation against the two accused, yesterday said that they were drug ringleaders in Laos.
He said that about a month before their arrests, the undercover officer contacted them and ordered two kilograms of crystal meth.
Maj Song added that the accused told the officer that they only had one kilogram of drugs, which the officer agreed to buy.
He said that the undercover officer negotiated a price and told the two Laotians to deliver the drugs to him at the Monirath Guesthouse.
“They were arrested red-handed after they sold the drugs to our undercover officer in a guesthouse room,” Maj Song said. “After their arrests, we seized a big package of crystal methamphetamine weighing 1,000.56 grams and two phones from them.”
He said that during their interrogation at the provincial anti-drug trafficking department, Mr Manikita and Mr Thavong admitted committing the offence and said that they had previously transported drugs for sale in Cambodia twice this year.