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Two-star generals caught with ice

A pair of two-star generals, one of them a former provincial governor, had been caught with about a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine and arrested yesterday, a government spokesman said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak, said former Oddar Meanchey provincial governor Lay Virak and Khuon Roeun were caught with the drug commonly known as ice.

“[We] have real evidence after finding [the drug] in his [Lay Virak’s] car, and another two-star general is involved,” he said, adding that both men were advisers to the Ministry of Defence.

Lay Virak is former senior member of the Funcinpec party, previously led by then co-prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh.

Norodom Ranariddh Party spokesman Pen Sangha said Lay Virak had no association with the prince’s new eponymous party.

Lay Virak, Khuon Roeun and Defence Ministry spokesman Chum Socheat could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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