Stung Treng provincial anti-drug trafficking police on Saturday arrested a construction worker who allegedly transported more than two kilograms of crystal meth from the Laos-Cambodia border into the province.
Major Bun Sam Ol, provincial anti-drug trafficking department deputy chief, yesterday identified the suspect as Phal Kosal, 29, living in Siem Pang district’s Sekong commune.
He said that at about 12pm on Saturday, Mr Kosal was carrying a bag and walking from the border toward the commune when he spotted a police checkpoint.
Maj Sam Ol said the suspect fled into the forest and police officers gave chase.
He added that after his arrest, police inspected his bag and seized two big packages of crystal meth weighing 2,044.9 grams.
“During his interrogation, the suspect admitted committing the offence,” Maj Sam Ol said. “He confessed that he was hired by an unidentified Lao man to deliver the drugs to an unknown Cambodian in the district.”
“He said that the Lao man, who is at large, promised to pay him $1,000 for the job,” he added.
Maj Sam Ol noted that Cambodian anti-drug trafficking police are cooperating with their Lao counterparts to seek the unidentified Lao man.
Major General Mao Dara, provincial police chief, yesterday said Mr Kosal is accused of drug trafficking and faces a life sentence if convicted.
He said the suspect is still detained by provincial police for more questioning and will be sent to provincial court today.