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Twenty-five arrested in drug raids

Traffickers busted

Four drug traffickers were arrested yesterday afternoon in Phnom Penh’s Toul Kork district when police raided the rental house they operated from, seizing a sizable quantity of drugs and two pistols.

“They were active drug distributors in Phnom Penh,” deputy chief of municipal police Pen Rath said. “They have been sent to the Anti-Drug Police Department at the Ministry of Interior for further investigation and questioning.”

An officer involved in the sweep, who declined to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media, said the men – Chan Seaklong, Chan Seak Kouy, Sok Chea and Mao Vireak – were holding at least 500g of methamphetamines.

“Our police experts are working at getting an accurate quantity of the drugs seized,” he said.

Meanwhile, 21 people were also arrested yesterday in busts in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet district after police raided at least 10 homes and found suspects using methamphetamines.

The arrests were made after a two-day crackdown, which ended yesterday morning, district police chief Um Sophal said, adding that the arrests come after a month-long investigation.

Also among the group arrested was a trafficker named Hor Taing, who Sophal said had supplied the drugs to the rest. Police seized two small packages of meth and other paraphernalia.
The suspects will be charged tomorrow, Sophal said.



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