Former Police Nabbed With Drugs

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Two former police officers were among the three suspects arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning for suspected drug trafficking in Kampot province, a district police officer said. 
 
Captain Seng Vichetr, deputy chief of the Kampong Trach district police, said the two police officers arrested were 61-year-old Ma Sobin, a former deputy chief of provincial police in Stung Treng, and 60-year-old Nuon Seng Nam, a former police officer in Kampong Cham province. 
 
The third suspect, he added, was Soth Sareth, 40, a farmer living in Kampot province’s Kampong Trach district.  
 
The trio were arrested at Kampot province’s Kampong Trach district at about 1am yesterday. Police also confiscated one packet of crystal methamphetamine. 
 
“They were arrested after they allegedly brought one kilogram of ice from Stung Treng province to be sold in Kampot province. They were arrested during our district police forces’ raid of a guesthouse room after midnight Monday,” he told Khmer Times yesterday by phone. 
 
He added that Mr. Sobin, who in 2001 was convicted of terrorism in relation to the Cambodian Freedom Fighters group, was the mastermind behind the drug trafficking. The trio were sent to the provincial police headquarters for questioning and further investigation. 
 
An anti-drug police officer from Kampot province, who asked not to be named, told Khmer Times yesterday that the three suspects were at the preliminary stage of the investigation over the drug trafficking.
 
He added that they will be temporarily detained at the provincial anti-drug police office before being sent to the provincial court to be questioned and charged today. 
 
All three could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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