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Lao man accused of smuggling

Authorities working along the Lao border in Stung Treng province captured a Laotian man yesterday as he allegedly attempted to enter Cambodia with more than half a kilogram of methamphetamine.

Stung Treng military police deputy director Uy Kvai said 27-year-old Lerng Sai appeared in provincial court after his arrest yesterday, but charges had not yet been laid.

“The court is proceeding with the interrogation”, he said.

According to Kvai, the suspect – who came from the Park Sorng district of Laos’ Champar Sak province – snuck across the border near Samaki commune’s Stung Treng town.

Military police units captured him as he was about to hand 526 grams of the drug over to a Cambodian national, after observing him acting suspiciously, Kvai said.

The Cambodian reportedly escaped the scene.

The suspect has reportedly claimed he had carried the drugs for a Cambodian broker, who remains unnamed and at large.

According to the United Nations, both Laos and Cambodia are key transit nations for methamphetamine produced elsewhere in the region and destined for local and international markets.

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