A Cambodian border police officer was arrested by Thai authorities on Sunday for allegedly trafficking 150 methamphetamine pills into Thailand’s Chonburi province, police said yesterday.
Chhor Kern, deputy police chief at Battambang’s Kamrieng district, said the officer was identified as Ob Tevrith, who is a police officer at a border crossing in Kamrieng. He was arrested in a market in Chonburi province just across the border.
“We don’t know what happened, because he was arrested in Thailand,” he said. “The Thai [police] report said that they had arrested a Cambodian border police officer at a Thai market . . . They found 150 meth pills with him.”
Tevrith is being held in Thailand, Kern said.
Cambodian officials are still not clear on the details of the case, but they know that Tevrith is being “accused of trafficking drug pills into Thailand territory”.
“We have not yet received any confirmation on what happened from him directly,” Kern said. “On that day, he went to Thailand near the Cambodian border and then we couldn’t contact him after he was arrested by Thai authorities for drug trafficking.”
This is not the first time that a police officer from the same district has been arrested with drugs across the border. In 2014, Cambodian anti-drug police officer Sao Chanthy, also from Kamrieng district, was arrested by Thai authorities with 3,000 pills of yama – a cheap methamphetamine.