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Reporter and teen ‘dealt ice’

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Chhay Mao, 39, and Tan Sopheak, 19, face two years in prison. Supplied

A journalist and a high school student were charged yesterday with drug use and trafficking in Poipet City on the Thai border.

City deputy police chief Veng Sophal said the suspects often brought drugs to sell to gamblers at casinos near the Poipet International Checkpoint.

Chhay Mao, 39, chief reporter with Samleng Kampuchea (Voice of Kampuchea) newspaper based in Banteay Meanchey province, and Tan Sopheak, 19, face at least two years each in prison if convicted.

Police seized crystal methamphetamine from the suspects.

Mr Sophal said they were arrested on Tuesday afternoon after police raided a guesthouse in Poipet.

“They threw drugs into the toilet to destroy the evidence as police were raiding their room,” he said.

“But we seized a package of drugs as well as other related drug materials.”

Police said the evidence included a package of crystal methamphetamine along with a drug scale and plastic bags for drug packaging.

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