Siem Reap Provincial Court yesterday charged a penal police officer suspected of supplying drugs to criminals in Siem Reap city.
Major General Tith Narong, provincial police chief, said police officers from the provincial anti-drug department arrested two suspected drug dealers at their home in Slor Kram commune on May 16.
He said that after their home was raided, police seized a dozen packages of methamphetamine weighing 712 grams, one scale, two phones, and other drug materials.
Maj Gen Narong said that during questioning, both men confessed that the drugs were supplied by a police officer.
After obtaining an arrest warrant from the provincial court on May 19, police then arrested 30-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Bun Livong, a penal police officer with the Interior Ministry living in Siem Reap city’s Sala Kamroeuk commune.
“The police officer arrested was the leader of a drug trafficking ring and he’s involved in the distribution of drugs to users in nightclubs and karaoke bars in the city,” Maj Gen Narong said, noting that the officer denied the allegation.
Maj Gen Narong said no drugs were seized from the suspected police officer.
Investigating Judge Che Vireak said the suspected police officer was charged with drug possession and trafficking, noting that the crime was committed on May 16 and May 17 in Slor Kram commune’s Traing village.
He added that after the suspected police officer was charged, he was sent to pre-trial detention.
Maj Gen Narong identified the other two accused drug dealers as Sroeun Vireak, 26, and Duong Samoeun, 25. Both men were arrested in Slor Kram commune on May 16.
He said the suspected drug dealers were sent to pre-trial detention on May 19.