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Second Peruvian sought after bust

Police are seeking a second Peruvian national in connection with a Tuesday night drug bust that saw a 30-year-old arrested for allegedly attempting to transport 2.9 kilograms of cocaine through Phnom Penh International Airport.

“We now are seeking to arrest another Peruvian who … travelled from Thailand to Cambodia to receive drugs from the man we arrested Tuesday,” Brigadier General Sok Chour, deputy chief of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police, said.

“We now are collaborating with Thai police, and, using the [first] Peruvian man, we attempted to contact him.”

Sok Chour said police have already secured the new suspect’s identity, but he declined to release the name of either man. He added that the second suspect is believed to be in Phnom Penh.

As for the man arrested on Tuesday, he is expected to be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for charges on Friday or Saturday.

“According to his confession, he has smuggled these drugs from Peru via Singapore to Cambodia,” Sok Chuor said.

“If he is found guilty, he will be convicted and sentenced to life in prison.”

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