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Officer suspected of trafficking drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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The Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police department on Tuesday arrested a senior military police officer and two others for allegedly being part of a drug syndicate that trafficked nearly one kilogram of methamphetamine in Chbar Ampov district.

Major Sok Sarith, an officer with the department, identified the senior officer as Colonel Hor Rapinath, deputy chief of the National Military Police’s finance department, who lives in the district.

Maj Sarith did not disclose the identity of the other two suspects due to an on going investigation.

Maj Sarith said the suspects sold drugs to users in bars and nightclubs in Phnom Penh.

He said police had spent months investigating the case before making arrests.

“They were arrested after they sold drugs to our undercover police officers,” Maj Sarith said. “After their arrest, police confiscated about one kilogram of crystal meth, and other drug materials.”

He added that all three are currently detained at the ministry for further questioning.

General Mok Chito, deputy chief of the National Police, yesterday confirmed that the men are currently being held at the ministry. However, he declined to comment on the case.

“Police are still working on this case,” Gen Chito said.

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