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Pair linked to drug ringleader

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The two suspects linked to an RCAF drug ringleader. Supplied

A man and a woman with links to a military officer and suspected drug ringleader were arrested on Sunday and accused of being linked to the trafficking of more than two kilos of heroin.

Chan Piseth of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police said Nguyen Truong Cien, 58, and Nguyen Thi Thi, 47, were arrested in Phnom Penh.

Mr Piseth said the pair was now being questioned by the prosecutor at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

“They were arrested in accordance with the confession of a suspected drug ringleader who was arrested last Thursday in Phsar Olympic commune,” he said. “They are accused of being accomplices to drug trafficking and possession.”

Mr Piseth said that on Thursday police raided the villa of You Sorya, 47, an officer with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, and seized more than two kilos of heroin.

Mr Sorya was charged by the court prosecutor with drug trafficking and possession and faces a life sentence if convicted.​​After his arrest, he provided information to police that led to Sunday’s arrests.

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