Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - RCAF aide, wife snared in drug-trafficking bust

RCAF aide, wife snared in drug-trafficking bust

An assistant to RCAF’s Cabinet of General Command and his wife have been arrested by anti-drug police for their alleged involvement in trafficking in the capital, a senior police official said yesterday.

General Khieu Saman, director of the Anti-Drug Department of the Ministry of Interior, said that Major Oung Thavry, 45, and his wife, Chhom Chantheary, 32, were arrested in a Tuesday night raid on their rental house in Dangkor district’s Choam Chao commune.

According to Khieu Saman, the raid was the result of a months-long investigation into Oung Thavry’s activities.

“They were arrested by our police forces while they were distributing drugs to other drug suspects in their house,” he told the Post. “Three other drug suspects successfully escaped from the house during the raid.”

Police recovered a package of heroin, a bag of marijuana, hundreds of ecstasy and methamphetamine pills and other drug-related materials from the suspects’ home.

“We now are working hard in seeking the arrest of the other remaining suspects who escaped from the house during the raid,” said Khieu Saman. “We already know their identities.”

He declined to reveal the names of the other suspects.

Oung Thavry and his wife are now being detained for questioning and further investigation at the Ministry of Interior, authorities say.

They will be sent to court on Tuesday to be officially charged.

Neither the suspects, nor Ministry of National Defence spokespeople, could be reached for comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at reaksmeykongkea.buth@phnompenhpost.com

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Bodies of Cambodian peacekeepers returned to Kingdom

The bodies of four Cambodian peacekeepers killed by a Christian militia in Central African Republic were repatriated to the Kingdom and honoured in an airport ceremony on May 21.

Phnom Penh eats: Ptas Nak Battambang

As the name suggests, Ptsa Nak Battambang – which in English means Battambang's house – is the right place for those who want to try some of the province's typical dishes in Phnom Penh.

Military police stand guard outside a polling station that was allegedly prematurely closed to eligible voters during the 2013 general election in Kandal province. Photo supplied

The Ministry of Defence on Friday lashed out at civil society and election monitoring groups, claiming a

Opposition leader Kem Sokha uses his hat to gesture to supporters during a campaign rally yesterday in Siem Reap province. Facebook

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday threatened to unleash war on the opposition party if he loses patience with their campaign for the June 4 commune