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Authorities continue to probe two drug trafficking suspects

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Two suspects were arrested for trafficking more than 1kg of methamphetamine in Bavet town, Svay Rieng province on Thursday. FRESH NEWS

Authorities continue to probe two drug trafficking suspects

The authorities are continuing to interrogate two suspects who were arrested for trafficking more than 1kg of methamphetamine in Bavet town, Svay Rieng province on Thursday.

Identifying the suspects as a female Vietnamese national and a male Chinese national, both 25, provincial court spokesman Tep Phalla on Sunday said: “The two are in the court’s custody. The questioning procedure still hasn’t ended,” he said.

Svay Rieng provincial police anti-drugs bureau chief Kan Ken said on Sunday that Vietnamese authorities had arrested the woman transporting drugs via motorcycle across the Bavet International Border Checkpoint on New Year’s Day.

After having stopped her with more than 1kg of illegal drugs, Ken said the woman told Vietnamese police that she had a Chinese partner hiding out in Cambodia.

Acting on a tip from their Vietnamese counterparts, Svay Rieng provincial police managed to track the suspect down to a rented room in Bavet commune.

Since the woman was suspected to have partners in the Kingdom, Vietnamese authorities handed her over to provincial authorities to be tried under Cambodian law.

Ken said the woman had been arrested in Tay Ninh province in Vietnam – some 2km from the border. He also revealed that the female suspect told police she helped the Chinese man transport drugs from Phnom Penh to Vietnam.

The arrests yielded nearly 1kg of methamphetamine, 131g of a pink powder suspected to be MDMA, 400 tablets believed to be methamphetamine, a packet of crystal powder weighing more than 6g, three bottles of alcohol, seven large bottles of chemicals and equipment to package drugs.

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