Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM's big drug bust

PM's big drug bust

PM's big drug bust

The highly publicized attack on a Kampot marijuana plantation on February 26

involving tanks, six helicopters, military and even Prime Minister Hun Sen and

his personal bodyguards is an indication of the Government's increasing

anti-drug stance, say officials.

National Police Chief Hok Lundy said 31

hectares of fresh marijuana and 9.5 tonnes that had been already harvested and

dried were destroyed.

He said the scale of the operation "demonstrates

the efforts and determination of the Royal Government."

But a senior

Government member who visited the area in the wake of the raid said locals were

bemused by the fuss.

He said they had asked him if the Government was so

upset by the drug plantation why hadn't they acted earlier and seized the bulk

of the plantation's output which had already been harvested and exported prior

to the recent raids.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all