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Casino drug dealers arrested

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The two men who were arrested in Poipet. Supplied

One Cambodian and one Thai national have been arrested for allegedly selling drugs to gamblers at casinos in Poipet on the Thai border.


Sar Sopheak, deputy commander of Poipet city military police, said the suspects were known gamblers and drug dealers.

After their arrest on Sunday, police seized four packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 249 grams, 32 crystal methamphetamine pills, two phones, one scale, one motorbike, and other related drug materials from the pair.

Both tested positive for drug use.

The Cambodian was identified as Taing Porroath, 45, while the Thai man was named as Phanya Mung Charoenchai, 33.

“They were active drug dealers who always brought drugs to sell to gamblers in casinos in Poipet,” Mr Sopheak said.

He added that most of the foreign gamblers in casinos in Poipet used drugs.

The pair were sent to Banteay Meanchey provincial court for questioning over preliminarily charges of drug use and trafficking.

They each face between two and three years behind bars if convicted.

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