Drugs worth $2 million sent up in smoke

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The haul included heroin and crystal meth. Supplied

More than 40 kilos of drugs with a street value of about $2 million were burned at an airfield in Stung Treng province yesterday.

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana and deputy national police commissioner General Mak Chito presided over the ceremony to destroy the drugs, which were confiscated in Stung Treng, Kratie, Mondulkiri and Ratanakkiri provinces in the past two years.

Gen Chito said the drugs included about 2kg of heroin, more than 38kg of crystal methamphetamine, and about 20,000 amphetamine tablets.

“Stung Treng was the province where the largest number of drugs were seized,” he said.

The drugs were burned in Stung Treng province yesterday. Supplied

Chroeng Khmao, a provincial prosecutor who joined the ceremony, said local authorities would continue to crack down on drug crimes.

“We will cooperate with national level forces and other provinces on drug cases, especially those that occur along the border with Laos,” said Mr Khmao.

The National Authority for Combating Drugs said police cracked down on 4,331 drug cases and arrested 9,694 suspects in the first six months of the year.

Compared with the last six months of 2016, drug arrests in the first half of this year increased more than 130 percent.

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