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Police nab fugitive drug gang leader

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Dam Nha, 53, the mastermind of Cambodia’s biggest drug gang. DAP

Anti-drug trafficking police from the Interior Ministry on Saturday arrested the mastermind of Cambodia’s biggest drug gang who had been on the lam for more than four years and who was sentenced in absentia to life in jail for trafficking about 55 kilos of drugs worth $3 million meant for sale to Taiwan in 2015.

Lieutenant General Mak Chito, deputy National Police chief in charge of anti-drug affairs, identified the man as Dam Nha, 53, living in Stung Treng province’s Stung Treng city.

Lt Gen Chito said that Mr Nha was arrested at about 4pm on Saturday by anti-drug trafficking police in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district.

“He had been convicted in absentia to a life sentence for drug trafficking, but fled,” he said. “He was arrested in accordance with a court warrant issued against him after being on the run for more than four years.”

Lt Gen Chito added that after his arrest, Mr Nha today sent by anti-drug trafficking police to Phnom Penh Municipal Court and the judge sent him to serve his life sentence in Prey Sar prison.

According to court documents obtained today, in September 2016 Presiding Judge Pich Vichea Thor convicted four others in connection with the drug trafficking case.

Full story in Monday’s paper


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