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Police arrest 40 drug suspects in the capital

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Police raid the restaurant. Koh Santepheap

The Interior Ministry’s Anti-Drug Department police, in cooperation with the Phnom Penh Anti-Drug Police Department, yesterday arrested 40 people suspected of drug use and trafficking in the city.

Lieutenant General Sar Theth, municipal police chief, yesterday said that they were arrested at about 2am after police raided Phnom Penh Night Restaurant, which is located in Prampi Makara district’s Beung Prolit commune.

“They were arrested after police raided the Phnom Penh Night Restaurant in the early hours of Tuesday,” he said. “They were arrested while they were using drugs in the restaurant.”

Lt Gen Theth noted that police seized methamphetamine, ecstasy and other related materials from them. However, he did not provide any detail on the amount of drugs that were seized.

He added officers sent all the suspects and the evidence collected to the Anti-Drug Police Department at the ministry for further investigation.

Major General Seung Nol, the department’s deputy police chief, yesterday confirmed that the suspects are still being questioned at the ministry.

He declined to comment any further on the case and referred questions to Lieutenant General Loek Vannak, the department police chief, who he said is working on the case.

However, Lt Gen Vannak could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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