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Army officer on drug-dealing charge

A Royal Cambodian Armed Forces officer was charged with drug trafficking yesterday by the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court.

Poipet police chief Um Sophal said 42-year-old Captain Soeun Earn, of the RCAF’s 514th Battalion, had been arrested on Monday during a raid on his house, where he was caught in the act of selling methamphetamine to a suspected female drug trafficker.

“He is a military officer, but used his position to smuggle drugs,” Um Sophal said.

Poipet deputy police chief Nin Sarin said the suspect had been in possession of 51 capsules of methamphetamine.

“He was arrested when he was selling drugs to a woman who is also a drug dealer in Poipet. The woman escaped from police [during the raid],” Nin Sarin said.

Police in Poipet have launched an investigation and are searching for the woman.

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