Two Columbian tourists were yesterday charged with drug trafficking by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for smuggling nearly one kilo of cocaine into the country.
Keo Sarith, a police officer with the anti-drug department of the Interior Ministry, identified the suspects as Quevedo Rodrigo, 50, and Giraldo Carlos, 44.
The pair had smuggled the cocaine inside the motors of vehicles being sent from Cambodia to Brazil.
They face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of drug trafficking, due to the amount seized.
The arrest was made possible by the confession of a Cambodian suspect in another smuggling case. On November 20, anti-drug police seized almost 800 grams of cocaine hidden in a similar fashion, and also sent from Brazil.
The shipment was addressed to taxi driver Som Vuthy, 27, of Phnom Penh.
Mr Vuthy was subsequently arrested, and confessed to his crimes, implicating the Colombian nationals and leading to their arrest on Sunday.