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Sihanouk ville police arrest 12 in pair of drug raids

PREAH Sihanouk provincial police on Wednesday night arrested 12 people suspected of drug trafficking and dealing during raids on two houses in Sihanoukville, continuing a crackdown that earlier this week led to charges being filed against a police officer and his family.

Vietnamese nationals Van Long and his wife, Ngieng Thynga, were arrested after a raid on their home netted 3.8 grams of heroin, Sihanoukville police Chief Man Sour said. He added that the suspects, both in their 40s, are believed to be the ringleaders of a drug trafficking ring, and that police had been investigating them for “several months”.

Also Wednesday, police arrested 10 people they believe to be in the same network at a separate house, and a raid there yielded 417 methamphetamine tablets as well as “20 small parcels and two large parcels of crystal methamphetamine [ice]”, Man Sour said.

Describing the operation, Man Sour said, “We divided into two groups and surrounded the two houses at the same time. The ringleaders’ house was in Commune 2, and the house with the rest of the network was in Thmey village in Commune 3.”

He said all 12 suspects were sent to Preah Sihanouk provincial court for interrogation, that Van Long and Ngieng Thynga have been charged with drug trafficking, and that the other 10 have been charged with drug dealing.

Earlier this week, police officer Lim Samay, 44, and his two children were arrested and charged with drug trafficking after a raid on their home yielded 9.2 grams of tuck kork (ice) and 99 tablets of yama, another form of methamphetamine.

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