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Authorities arrest 14 in capital drug busts

Authorities arrest 14 in capital drug busts

Two separate drug raids in Phnom Penh led to the arrest of 14 people on Friday, including four Vietnamese nationals, an official said yesterday, as police continue an ongoing crackdown that has netted more than 300 suspects since January.

Pen Rath, deputy chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police, said yesterday that 12 suspects were arrested at the Reasmei Phka Chhouk II guesthouse in Psar Thmey III commune, Daun Penh district, including Prum Sophea, the owner of the business.

“They were arrested while they were using drugs in their rooms,” he said.

“The guesthouse owner was accused of offering places for drug abusers and another 11 people were accused of drug abuses,” he said.

“They all will be sent to the court to hear their charges on Monday.”

In a separate raid in Srah Chak commune, also in Daun Penh district, police arrested two men and seized a stash of nine yama pills, 10 packages of crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, and other drug related materials.

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