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Thai busted with kilos of coke

A Thai woman was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly trying to smuggle more than three kilograms of cocaine into Cambodia, a senior police official said.

Major General Khieu Saman, the acting general secretary of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, said that Varangkran A Phomdee, 29, was arrested on Tuesday morning at Phnom Penh International Airport when she came to the airport to collect a piece of luggage containing 3.6 kilograms of cocaine.

“She was arrested by our anti-drug police forces when she came to take her luggage, in which she had hidden over three kilograms of cocaine, which was sent from Singapore to Cambodia,” he said.

Varangkran is now being detained at the Ministry of Interior for further questioning and will be officially charged at Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday, Saman added.

If found guilty, Varangkran could face up to 20 years in prison.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at



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