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Bust snares thousands of dollars worth of narcotics

Anti-drug police are sending two Cambodians and two Lao nationals to court today on drug-trafficking charges after the four were arrested over the weekend in a bust that netted thousands of dollars worth of narcotics.

The arrests of Nat Thoung, Nat Sout and Laotians Amphon Koumphon and Vongphim Khambay happened over the course of a recent afternoon, as one bust led to another.

Major General Khieu Samon, director of the Anti-Drug Department at the Ministry of Interior, said yesterday that as part of a larger investigation, police raided a room on Sunday at the Bolyna Palace Hotel in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district. They found the two Cambodian suspects and 20,000 methamphetamine tablets, Samon said.

“We seized two kilograms [worth] of metamphetamine that costs up to $10,000 and is imported from Laos, so it is very dangerous if we cannot crack down on it.”

According to Samon, the Cambodians informed police about the whereabouts of the Laotian sellers, who were still in the country.

Tipped off to their location, anti-drug police tracked the Laotians to a spot on Chroy Changvar and made the arrests.

Authorities confiscated two passports, two mobile phones and a car.

Samon said that the case is one of many recently, and in addition to drugs, authorities have seized large amounts of pre-cursor chemicals and equipment used in the production and manufacturing process.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kim Sarom at newsroom@phnompenhpost.com

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