Thai national Inthanu Suphee is questioned by police after allegedly attempting to smuggle 5.6 kilograms of methamphetamine through Siem Reap Airport, yesterday, Sept 27, 2012. Photograph supplied
Yet another alleged trafficker with suspected links to a Thai drug ring was arrested at Siem Reap airport on Wednesday, this one with more than five kilograms of methamphetamine, police said yesterday.
Nuon Sophanny, chief of the Siem Reap Provincial Anti-Drug Police Department, said that Thai national Inthanu Suphee, 42, was arrested in the airport by anti-drug forces collaborating with immigration and customs officers while allegedly attempting to transport 5.6 kilograms of crystal meth, originally from India, to Thailand.
At least seven other accused traffickers with suspected connections to Thai syndicates have been arrested in Cambodian airports in the past two months.
“She was a member of an international network of traffickers hiding in Thailand,” Sophanny said.
“She had brought the drugs from India to Cambodia via a transfer from Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur airport to Siem Reap.”
“She was arrested by police after they found and seized many packages of drugs hidden inside spools of thread in her luggage,” he added.
According to Sophanny, the suspect is being held for further investigation and will be sent to court today to be officially charged.
Police have seized more than 30 kilograms of methamphetamine and cocaine in August, in a string of airport arrests believed to be related to international drug traffickers based in Thailand.
Khieu Saman, director of anti-drug police at the Ministry of Interior, noting the string of recent arrests and seizures, lauded Wednesday’s bust.
“This is a big success, that our Cambodian police have prevented international drug smuggling and have cracked down on it in Cambodia,” he said.
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