A 25-year-old man has been caught allegedly smuggling methamphetamine into Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar Prison and will appear in court today.
The suspect went to the prison on Wednesday to visit a convict relative, said Lim Sieng Heng, a unit chief at the Dangkor district police station.
The prison guards proceeded to conduct a body search and found the man carried more than 180g of white powder in two big packages. The drug was later determined by police to be methamphetamine.
Sieng Heng said the district police informed the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and Deputy Prosecutor Chhay Hong ordered the man’s arrest.
During interrogation, he said an unknown person had spoken to him on the phone and asked that he take the drugs to the prison.
“I don’t believe the suspect’s story. It doesn’t make sense that he would simply do what a stranger on the phone asked him to do,” Sieng Heng said, adding that police are looking for his accomplices.
District police chief Chim Sitha said on Thursday that the man will be sent to court today.
The National Police said 65 people, including a woman, were arrested by anti-drug police on Wednesday in 38 separate cases. Nearly 53g and 29 small packages of drugs, mostly methamphetamine, were seized. Of those detained, 38 were drug users.