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Two couples held on drug charges

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Robert Gary Knowles and Meas Phary with police and the drugs seized. Supplied

An Australian man and his Cambodian girlfriend were yesterday charged by Kampot Provincial Court with drug use and possession.


Bun Sarath, a provincial anti-drug police officer, identified the accused as Robert Gary Knowles, 72, and his Cambodian girlfriend Meas Phary, 28.

Some of the drug materials they were caught with. Supplied

“They were active drug distributors, who always brought drugs for sale to other foreign tourists in the province,” Mr Sarath said. “They were arrested after our provincial anti-drug police raided the old Australian man’s rented house while they were smoking drugs.”

Mr Sarath said they were arrested on Friday at about 4.30pm in Kampong Kandal commune.

After their arrests, police seized six big packages of crystal methamphetamine, five tablets of ecstasy, nine boxes of aphrodisiacs, as well as other related drug materials.

Mr Sarath added that police are now searching to arrest other foreign tourists involved with Mr Knowles’ activities.

Meanwhile, a 53-year-old-South Korean man and a 27-year-old Cambodian woman were arrested yesterday morning by police for drug use and possession in Phnom Penh.

Lay Sokhan, a Chroy Changvar district police officer, identified the suspects as Kor Hong Jin, 53, and Prum Srey Meas, 27.

He added that they were arrested at about 11am after police raided a hotel room Mr Hong Jin rented in Prek Leap commune.

“They were arrested with while they were smoking drugs inside a hotel room in Prek Leap commune,” he said. “After their arrests, police seized a small package of crystal methamphetamine as well as other related drug using materials.” He added that the suspects have been temporarily detained for questioning at the district police station.

They will be sent to the municipal court for questioning today.

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