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Drug ringleader, police informant dies from heart problems

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
A file photo of Prey Sar. KT/Chor Sokunthea

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.

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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