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Police crackdown: Drug bust follows ultimatum

Police crackdown
The day after the controversial one-month ultimatum for police officials to increasingly target drug activity or face punitive action was issued by National Police Chief Neth Savoeun, 25 people were arrested in Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet town on drug trafficking and drug abuse charges.

Oum Sophal, Poipet town police chief, said yesterday that police officers raided the Canana guesthouse located in the town’s Kbal Spean village, leading to the arrest of 17 men and eight women.

He added that this was the second time that officers had raided this guesthouse because the owners had refused to cooperate with police to put an end to drug activity after the initial raid on March 31.

The suspects are now being detained at the Poipet town police department to determine their charges before being turned over to provincial police custody, Oum Sophal said.

Chheng Chhoun, director of the provincial anti-drug trafficking department, said yesterday that recently police have been cracking down on an increased number of drug cases but he hasn’t yet had time to report on the exact statistics.

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