Bust uncovers international trafficking ring

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The suspects were arrested in an operation which recovered methamphetamine and heroin. Supplied

Police on Saturday paraded two suspects and more than 60 kilos of methamphetamine and heroin at a press conference to highlight their crackdown on drugs.
Lieutenant General Mak Chito, deputy national police chief in charge of drug crime, identified the suspects as Loun Sopha, 30, and Sy Laloy, 42, owner of Ratanak Sambath Hotel in Ratanakkiri.
They were arrested in an operation across Ratanakkiri province and Phnom Penh last week, in which officers confiscated 54 packages of methamphetamine and 47 packages of heroin.
“This case is related to drug possession and drug trafficking,” Mr Chito said, adding the drugs came from Laos and were to be distributed to a third county via Cambodia.
“The group in this case had been organising their network for four to five months,” he said. “We cracked down on the Cambodian ringleaders.”
Mr Chito said anti-drug police were still investigating other suspects abroad and would cooperate with international forces to apprehend them.  
He said police had uncovered 3,562 drug crimes and arrested 8,022 people including 823 women since the government’s anti-drug campaign started in January.
Mr Chito said Cambodia treated drug suspects well, unlike some countries in the region that simply shot them.
A reporter asked officials whether the arrested hotel-owner Mr Laloy was a wealthy tycoon, as reports have suggested.
Loek Vannak, director of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drugs department, said he was not sure, but the suspect “has a lot of property”.
Kuch Kimlong, deputy prosecutor at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said he would conclude questioning and charge the suspects today.
In a separate case, Interior Ministry police yesterday said they arrested another dealer in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district last week and confiscated more than 1kg of drugs from him.

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