Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Anti-drug officer arrested in meth trafficking case

Anti-drug officer arrested in meth trafficking case

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A Military Police officer and his lover were detained for trafficking 2kg of methamphetamines and 8kg of marijuana. Police

Anti-drug officer arrested in meth trafficking case

The Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Drug Department will send a Military Police officer and his lover to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday after they were detained on June 4 for trafficking 2kg of methamphetamines and 8kg of marijuana.

Anti-Drug Department deputy director In Song told The Post on Sunday that the suspects are the chief of the Takeo provincial Military Police anti-drug trafficking office, Chhun Somethea, and his lover Ken Chanry.

They were both questioned by police before a decision was made. “On Monday, I will send them to the municipal court to proceed with legal procedure,” Song said.

The two were detained on June 4 at the Sokimex petrol station in the capital’s Stung Meanchey commune, in Meanchey district, after authorities found the methamphetamine and marijuana in their car.

Police also searched Somethea’s house in Tram Kak district’s Leay Bor commune in Takeo province and seized two guns, a weighing scale and two packages of marijuana weighing 8kg.

Chanry’s rented room in the same commune was also checked and a security camera, three vehicle licence plates and two vehicle identification cards were retrieved.

In a separate case on Saturday, Chinese national He Yiri, 56, was detained by the anti-drug department for possessing drug-producing equipment in a rented room in Phnom Penh.

Yiri was detained in front of Sophea condo in Boeung Keng Kang district’s Boeung Keng Kang I commune. Police said this is where Yiri intended to set up his drug-producing operation.

Song said his authorities will send Yiri to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday.

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Schools drawn into Manet degree row

    Prime Minister Hun Sen stepped into the Hun Manet-Sam Rainsy war of words over the validity of Manet’s degree from the US Military Academy at West Point, set off by Rainsy’s claims that Manet had received a “second-class degree” or “honorary degree”. Hun

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Kampot tourism quay ‘90% done’

    Construction on Kampot International Tourism Port – a 4ha quay in Teuk Chhou district about 6km west of Kampot town – has fallen off track, reaching 90 per cent completion, according to a senior Ministry of Tourism official last week. The project is now planned to be finished