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Drug raids lead to 40 arrests

A total of 40 people were arrested in connection with drug abuse and trafficking during a series of raids conducted in Banteay Meanchey and Preah Sihanouk provinces throughout the weekend.

Men Sarom, chief of Poipet military police in Banteay Meanchey province, said 25 people were arrested at about 1.30am yesterday morning during a raid on the Um Rasmei guesthouse in Poipet town’s Kbal Spean village. He added that police had seized 10 methamphetamine pills, a significant quantity of crystal methamphetamine and other drug-related materials.  

Another nine suspects were apprehended during two separate raids on Saturday and Sunday in the same village, in one case leading to the confiscation of one kilogram of methamphetamine, Um Sophal, Poipet District Police Chief in Banteay Meanchey province, said.

He confirmed that all suspects had yet to be charged but were being held for questioning and would be sent to the provincial court today.

Meanwhile at Preah Sihanouk town’s OChheu Teal beach six people were arrested during an early morning raid on Saturday in the province’s district IV, said Chor Heng, deputy chief of Preah Sihanouk provincial police, yesterday.

They were arrested at the Ochheuteal seaside area. 

“They will be sent to the court to face charges tomorrow,” he said.

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