Drug ringleader leads police to new arrest

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Police display the drugs seized in May. Supplied

Another suspected drug dealer linked to 56 kilograms of ice and heroin seized in May was arrested on Tuesday.

Chief of the anti-drug police department Lieutenant General Loeuk Vannak did not identify the man, but said he was arrested in Stung Treng province before being transferred to Phnom Penh.

“He was another dealer still at large after we cracked down on the drug ringleaders in Phnom Penh in May,” he said.

Mr Vannak added that the suspect had been sent by the court’s investigating judge to Prey Sar Prison pending further questioning. He is facing a life sentence if convicted.

Police Officer Meas Sarith said that on May 18 2017, a Laotian man named Luon Sopha, 30, was arrested after anti-drug police forces raided two rented houses in Phnom Penh’s Thmey commune and Phsar Thmey II commune in Daun Penh district. Police found more than 56 kilograms of drugs, including 41 kilos of methamphetamines and 15 kilos of heroin that had been transported from Stung Treng province and were to be distributed in Phnom Penh and to other citiesand provinces in the country.

According to Mr Sarith, Luon Sopha’s confession enabled them to arrest another ringleader, Si Lamkhoy, 41, a business tycoon and owner of the Ratanak Sambath Hotel in Ratanakkiri province on May 19.

Information gleaned from those arrested led police to the latest arrest.

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