Svay Rieng Provincial Court yesterday charged and jailed two Vietnamese nationals accused of distributing drugs in casinos in Bavet city.
Major Kim Noun, an officer with the provincial anti-drug police department, identified the suspects as 56-year-old Vin Thilang and 27-year-old Rath Deb, noting that the two worked at a casino and lived in Bavet commune, and that they sold drugs to casino goers in the border town.
Maj Nuon said the two were arrested at about 8.30pm on Sunday after police raided their home.
Before the arrest, police knew about their activities and sent an undercover officer to purchase drugs from the duo at their home.
“They were both drug dealers who were actively selling drugs to users in casinos at night,” Maj Nuon said. “The undercover officer was introduced to them by other gamblers, who were drug users, in the casino.”
“They were arrested red-handed while selling drugs to the undercover police officer inside their rental house,” he added.
Maj Nuon said police seized 24 packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing a total of 479.15 grams, two phones and other drug related materials from them.
He noted that police sent the suspects to Svay Rieng Provincial Court for questioning on Monday and yesterday, they were charged with drug trafficking, noting that they face up to 15 years each in prison if convicted.
The suspects are currently in pre-trial detention.