Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Alleged drug smuggler arrested in Prey Sar Prison

Alleged drug smuggler arrested in Prey Sar Prison

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Alleged drug smuggler arrested in Prey Sar Prison

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.


  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Angkor photo rules clarified

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) denied that it had banned the use of camera tripods in the Angkor Archaeological Park, explaining that the confusion stemmed from a long-standing rule which required commercial photographers and videographers to apply for permission to film. The explanation followed a

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At