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Police Blotter: 7 Feb 2013

Rice-paddy drug dealer reaps what he sowed
A suspected drug trafficker found out the hard way that the long arm of the law in Poipet town extends all the way out to the surrounding rice paddies on Saturday.  According to police, the man, 31, went out to the fields to peddle his wares, thinking he’d be free from any legal entanglements. He turned out to be wrong. Police busted the wiseguy, seizing nearly 100 pills of yama, and sent him on to court. Kampuchea Thmey

Gambler’s luck runs out in casino confrontation
Continuing what proved to be a busy weekend for Poipet cops, a high roller got laid low when he was assaulted by an acquaintance as he was leaving a casino on Sunday. Police said the suspect, 42, jumped the man, beating him badly and leaving him seriously injured. The suspect tried to flee, but police picked him up and sent him to court, proving once again that in Poipet town, the house always wins. Rasmey Kampuchea

Injured duo say culprit was driving moto drunk
Two men were badly hurt in a hit-and-run moto accident in Siem Reap town on Monday. According to police, the man responsible for the accident had just left a bar, reeling from booze, when he began speeding down a Siem Reap road. The driver slammed into two other men, also on a moto, causing serious injuries. The victims were sent to hospital for treatment, and the man fled. Police are still on the lookout for the suspect. Koh Santepheap

Road rage leads to road craze as cabbies engage
Three taxi drivers answered the question “You talkin’ to me?” with a resounding “yes” in the capital’s Sen Sok district on Monday, turning a traffic infraction into multiple fractures in a street-side brawl. Apparently incensed that another taxi had cut them off, police said, a taxi driver and his assistant flagged the man over and began arguing. Before long, all three were in the street, fists flying, refusing to stop even after police arrived on the scene. All three were arrested and are being detained for questioning. Koh Santepheap

Cockfight betting leaves six men roosting in jail
Six cockfighting fans are now fighting for their freedom after police in Kampong Cham province’s Memot district busted their game. According to police, many more people were present at Tuesday’s fight, but the whole gang scattered, leaving only the six stragglers. In addition to the arrests, though, cops seized 31 motorbikes in the raid. Police said the men were addicted to the allure of cockfighting, and staged fights nearly every day. The men will get a break now, however, as they’ve been sent to court. Rasmey Kampuchea

Translated by Sen David

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