Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Dealer’s tip leads to pagoda raid

Dealer’s tip leads to pagoda raid

Dealer’s tip leads to pagoda raid

Two Buddhist monks were caught with drug paraphernalia and pornographic material yesterday in a raid on Sambour Meas Pagoda in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district.

The monks were defrocked following the raid, which saw police seize drug-taking paraphernalia and computers containing pornographic pictures and videos, police said.

The monks were identified as brothers Proeung Dona, 24, and Proeung Savoeun, 28. Two novice monks were also detained.

The brothers were given up by Chheang Vith, 33, who was arrested by police on Monday night allegedly on his way to deliver drugs to the pagoda. Thirteen small packets of methamphetamine were found on Vith, but no illegal substances were discovered by police in the raid.

However, Lieutenant Colonel Chim Sarann, chief of Dangkor District Police, accused the monks of involvement in the drug trade.

“They were drug users and also drug distributors in Phnom Penh,” he said, adding that police had “spent many weeks investigating”.

Brigadier General Pen Rath, deputy chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Police, slammed the monks for their behaviour.

“These two Buddhist monks were … people who would be obeyed by Buddhists in Cambodia, but they are drug users,” he said, noting that the arrests would reflect poorly on other monks as well.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding