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Ex-Takhmao police chief arrested

The former police chief of Kandal province’s Takhmao town was arrested by military police on his own former turf on Tuesday, when he was allegedly found to be in possession of more than a dozen individually packaged bags of methamphetamine.

Mom Vat, 63, is currently in pretrial detention after his arrest by military police, who found the bags of meth on his person, Touch Y, Kandal’s provincial military police commander, said yesterday.

“He is the former Takhmao town police chief, but he stopped working when he reached retirement age,” Y said about Vat yesterday.

“When the authorities searched him, they found 13 small packages of drugs on him.”

When he retired from his position as police chief in Takhmao, Vat moved away from his former stomping grounds, and to Kandal province’s Koh Tom district, Y said.

The circumstances surrounding Vat’s arrest were not entirely clear yesterday, and the former Takhmao police chief has not yet been sent to court.

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