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Drug lab operator gets five more years

Lam Sokheng, who is already serving a 40-year sentence for drug trafficking and weapons possession charges, got another five years tacked on yesterday for keeping counterfeit currency.

The charges all stem from a 2007 raid on a drug laboratory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district that police believed to be owned by Lam Sokheng.

He was arrested and found with 870 yama or methamphetamine pills, 47 ecstasy tablets, three bags of ketamine and 250 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Police also seized a machine gun and US$100,000 worth of counterfeit notes.

The raid was initially touted in the press as one of the biggest to take place in the country.

At the time it was highly unusual for police forces to raid a drug production site in Phnom Penh.

Ong Deipo, the deputy director of national crime searching at the Ministry of Interior, said police arrested the suspect after six months of searching.

“The fake notes were stored in his wardrobe with the other real notes of nearly US$10,000,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lieng Sarith at



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