Drug ringleader, police informant dies from heart problems

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
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A drug ringleader busted in May who has provided information for further busts has died while receiving treatment in hospital after he suffered a heart attack.

Kong Makara, a police officer at Prey Sar prison, said that drug ringleader Sy Lakhory died on Monday at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital following admission for a heart attack.

Mr Lakhory was busted in May, when police seized 56 kilos of crystal methamphetamine. He and his other accomplices have since led police to more arrests.

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Mr Makara said that Mr Lakhory suffered a heart attack in mid-August and was later sent to hospital for treatment, where he died.

“He died from his own disease,” he said. “He had a heart attack and had high blood pressure.”

In a separate methamphetamine case, police yesterday sent two Ghana nationals and a Cambodian woman for questioning at the municipal court over the possession of two kilos.

Sok Sarith, a police officer with the anti-drug unit, said the suspects’ identities are not yet being released, but noted they were arrested during a raid on their rental house in Chamkarmon district on Saturday.

“They are a group of foreign drug ringleaders hiding in Cambodia,” he said. “Our police spent many months investigating them before we could arrest them.”

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