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Foreigners among five charged over drug trafficking

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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Siem Reap Provincial Court yesterday charged a Danish national, an Argentinian national and three Cambodians with drug use and trafficking.

Brigadier General Oum Mara, chief of the provincial anti-drug department, identified the accused as Gundel Sejr Donal, 41, a tourist from Denmark; Comerci Eric, 29, a tourist from Argentina; Kim Sal, 37; Thy Vuthea, 27; and Tan Chanthou, 30.

Brig Gen Mara said they were all charged with drug use and trafficking after they were arrested by provincial anti-drug police in Siem Reap city on Monday. They are currently in pre-trial detention, he added.

Captain Huoth Dara, a police officer working with Siem Reap city police, yesterday said they were previously suspected of drug use and selling drugs to foreign tourists in the province.

Cap Dara noted that they were arrested at about 6.30pm on Monday, after police raided a guesthouse in Svay Dangkum commune, where they were staying.

He said police monitored their activities for about one month before cracking down and arresting them on Monday.

Cap Dara noted that two of the Cambodian men worked as translators for the tourists, while the woman was a cook.

“They were arrested while they were smoking drugs inside the guesthouse room,” he said. “After their arrests, police seized a total of two packages of methamphetamine, a scale, four phones, and two passports as well as other related drug using materials from them.”

He added that they all tested positive for drug use.

Cap Dara said the five accused were sent to Siem Reap Provincial Court for questioning yesterday, after police completed their investigation.

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