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Court questions nine after drugs raid in Banteay Meanchey

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The nine were arrested at AJR Club in in Poipet city's Poipet commune, where the authorities seized 112 small packets of methamphetamine and 349 pills. Bantey Meanchey Gendarmerie

Court questions nine after drugs raid in Banteay Meanchey

The Banteay Meanchey provincial court prosecutor is questioning nine suspects who were arrested in a raid on a major nightclub in Poipet on Thursday night.

The nine were detained a little after midnight at AJR Club in Samaki Meanchey village in Poipet city’s Poipet commune, where the authorities seized 112 small packets of methamphetamine and 349 pills.

The nine suspects were sent to court on Sunday morning.

Banteay Meanchey provincial court spokesman Roeung Lina told The Post on Sunday that the suspects were still being questioned by the provincial court prosecutor.

“The nine suspects were arrested at the entertainment club, and the prosecutor has not finished questioning all of them yet,” Lina said.

Sar Bunsoeung, head of the Banteay Meanchey provincial Military Police’s anti-drug bureau, told The Post on Sunday that all nine are Cambodian nationals, and three are suspected drug dealers aged between 27 and 39 years.

“My Military Police team found three drug dealers and six users. If the court decides to send them to rehabilitation centres, it is the court’s decision. It is my responsibility to follow proper legal procedures and send them to court,” he said.

During the crackdown, he said, the Military Police confiscated 112 small packets of white powder and 349 pills of various colours.

He said 114 of the pills were blue, another 114 pink, 59 yellow, 18 coffee-coloured and 13 green. There were also 31 pills labelled “Fay Fay”.

Bunsoeung said the Military Police also confiscated 164 bottles of liquid drugs, one handgun with 63 bullets, a car and two motorbikes.

Three raids have also been conducted on major nightclubs in Phnom Penh this year.

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On the night of June 8, Phnom Penh municipal police raided the Luxurious nightclub in Daun Penh district’s Boeung Raing commune, confiscating 162.7g of drugs and detaining 408 people.

After further investigation, police sent 17 suspects aged between 23 and 41 years to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Five of those charged were Vietnamese nationals.

In the early hours of February 23, police raided the Rock Entertainment Centre, where more than 300 people were detained and more than 50kg of illegal drugs confiscated.

Following the bust, the club’s owner, tycoon Kith Theang, was detained at the capital’s Police Judiciare prison.

The Miami Night Club was raided on April 11 and more than 50 people detained. Police seized more than 10kg of drugs, while the owner of the club, Sren Vireak, and other six employees were sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for drug crimes.

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