A 59-year-old Colombian was yesterday charged in Phnom Penh Municipal Court for importing almost four kilograms of cocaine into the country last week.
The suspect was identified as Gonazlez Marmolejo Jaime, who was apprehended by officers at Phnom Penh International Airport on Thursday night.
After the arrest, police seized 3,855 grams of plastic-wrapped cocaine, hidden in the base of his luggage and laptop bag.
Lieutenant General Loeuk Vannak, chief of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police department, said the suspect is facing possible life imprisonment if convicted on drug trafficking charges.
“He was arrested on Thursday night at Phnom Penh International Airport after he arrived from Columbia. Police inspected his luggage and found the drugs,” Lt Gen Vannak said.
He said the suspect had transited via Brazil, Dubai and Myanmar before arriving in Cambodia, adding he has been detained in Prey Sar prison awaiting further investigations.