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Businesses told to ban drugs

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Interior Minister Sar Kheng at an anti-drugs conference. He is leading a crackdown on illegal substances. KT/Mai Vireak

The Interior Ministry on Friday warned guesthouses and clubs that they will face the law if they do not step up their efforts to ban illegal drugs use in their facilities.

As part of the ministry’s ongoing campaign against drugs, the ministry said it has taken note of lacklustre cooperation from private businesses in combating drug use in the guestrooms, clubs and karaoke bars.

“In the case of neglecting to stop drug crimes happening in their locations, the location owner will face drug control law enforcement,” the ministry said.

Deputy national police commissioner Mak Chito said yesterday that the campaign against illegal drugs said the institutions have already been warned in the past and not heeded the call.

“We cracked down on drug offences at some guesthouses and night clubs in the past. We have more participation from those business owners, but there are some locations that seem not to cooperate, which means we have to appeal to them again and warn them that further non-cooperation will lead to jail time.”

Four articles under the drugs law can be applied against business owners, the ministry noted, citing them as possession, drug use, forcing drug use and facilitating drug use.

The charges under the articles can lead to prison times of two to 10 years.

Nearly 10,000 suspects were detained during the first six months of 2017 during the anti-drug campaign.

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