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Five in Preah Vihear jailed for allegedly trafficking drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused drug dealers. Nokor Wat

Preah Vihear Provincial Court yesterday charged five people accused of trafficking methamphetamine in Preah Vihear city, near the Cambodian-Thai border.

Lieutenant Colonel Sok Chamroeun, deputy chief of the provincial anti-drugs department, identified the suspects as 25-year-old Ath Lihan, 35-year-old Vong Vin, 27-year-old Kha Sotr, 19-year-old Chhim Khmao and 25-year-old Heng Ly.

Lt Col Chamroeun said they were charged with drug trafficking and were sent to pre-trial detention by the court.

He noted that Mr Lihan and Mr Vin, who were soldiers, and Mr Khmao, a construction worker, were arrested at about 12.30pm on Sunday after the car they were driving in was inspected by police in the city’s Pal Hal commune.

“Mr Lihan and Mr Vin were in civilian clothes, and they crossed the border from Thailand in a Camry [with RCAF plates],” Lt Col Chamroeun said.

“Police were suspicious and pulled the car over for inspection,” he added. “After inspecting them and the car, police seized a big package of crystal meth from them.”

Lt Col Samroeun noted that police seized 10.59 grams of the drugs, three phones and the car from them.

He said that following the confessions of the three, police were then able to identify and arrest Mr Sotr and Mr Ly at the latter’s woodshop at about 4pm the same day.

Lt Col Samroeun said police were able to additionally seize 10 small packages of methamphetamine, a scale, three motorbikes, six phones and other materials from the shop.

He noted that all suspects tested positive for drugs.

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