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Cambodia’s war on drugs escalates

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Police present to the press the drugs they seized in an operation. KT/Chor Sokunthea

In the first three months of 2019 the Anti-drug police handled 2,047 drug offenses and arrested 4,434 people, including 365 women, according to a report obtained today.

About 100 kilograms of illegal substances (drugs) and 45,919 cannabis plants were seized, 1,226 cases were trafficking operations, 806 cases involved individual drug consumptions, and 15 cases were about marijuana farming. Among the detainees, were 121 foreign nationals and 28 women.

In an annual meeting on Thursday (April 4), Interior Minister Sar Kheng ordered the authorities to eradicate all drugs trafficking in the country by the end of this year.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng Photo: KT/Chor Sokunthea

He told the anti-drug police to do their duties professionally and fearlessly in the face of powerful business people, “We must combat and prevent drug trading. Do not be afraid or worry if a powerful person is behind [such an illegal] operation. If police did not take action, society will fall into in chaos.”

“2019 is the year in which we must the capital and the provinces of all [illegal] drugs.”

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