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South Korean ‘traffickers’ arrested at border

Cambodian authorities yesterday arrested two suspected South Korean drug traffickers at the Poipet border in Banteay Meanchey.

Lee Tachwa and Kim In Bae were arrested at the request of South Korea. Both men are wanted by Interpol for international drug smuggling. They are being held at the Ministry of Interior’s anti-drug trafficking department until they can be extradited, according to Khiev Samorn, the department’s director.

“Our department has requested help from the immigration police to arrest those two,” said Samorn. He did not say whether authorities found drugs on the suspects at the time of arrest.

In Song, a police officer in charge of the interrogation, said no new information was available, as both men are still being questioned.

“The two criminals have smuggled drugs from Cambodia to Korea,” said Song.

Keo Vannthan, deputy director general of immigration, and Kirth Chantharith, National Police spokesman, both declined to comment in detail.

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