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Authorities seize 200kg in drugs, peddlers sent to court

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Two cross-border drug traffickers were arrested on July 26 with 200kg of methamphetamine. Police

Authorities seize 200kg in drugs, peddlers sent to court

Preah Vihear provincial police on Sunday sent two cross-border drug traffickers to court after they were arrested on July 26 with 200kg of methamphetamine.

Deputy National Police Chief Mok Chito told The Post that anti-drug department officers and Preah Vihear police worked together to arrest the two who were in the process of shipping the drugs to a third party.

“We are investigating their network. The suspects are Cambodians. They imported the 200kg of drugs from Laos by sea. They are an old group and authorities have been searching for them for a long time,” said Chito.

Preah Vihear Provincial Court spokeswoman Chum Kaniya told The Post on Sunday that the suspects are still being questioned.

Drug production and trafficking have increased regionally and drug lords are getting more creative, said a Ministry of Interior report.

“Cambodia is being threatened by the flow of drug trafficking through waterways, airways and the postal service,” it said.

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Anti-drug department officers and Preah Vihear police worked together to arrest the two who were in the process of shipping the drugs to a third party. Police

This year police have investigated 6,169 drug cases and arrested 12,274 offenders.

According to the report, the confiscated items included more than 290kg of hard drugs, more than 250kg of marijuana, 76 vehicles, 1,529 motorcycles, 4,291 telephones, 276 scales, and 33 weapons.

In a separate case across the border in Vietnam, a court issued a death sentence to a Cambodian woman on Friday for trafficking drugs across the border.

Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported on Friday that Vietnamese police detained the woman at the Bavet-Moc Bai international border in Tay Ninh province on December 2 after discovering 5kg of methamphetamine in her possession.

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