Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Drug arrests spike in first half of year

Drug arrests spike in first half of year

Drug arrests spike in first half of year

The number of people arrested for drug trafficking during the first six months of this year has increased by 159 per cent, police officials announced on Friday.

During a meeting, the National Police released a report saying that 1,959 people were arrested in relation to 998 drug dealing cases between January and June 2015.

Deputy National Police Chief General Mok Chito said that in the same period in 2014, police arrested 755 people.

The 159 per cent increase, he added, was “very surprising”.

“We have only cracked down and made arrests for six months this year, but the amount that we have arrested has already passed what we had for the whole year last year,” Chito said.

According to Pin Sokhom, a drug specialist at NGO Mith Samlanh, the spike could possibly be attributed to the rising demand for drugs among young and more affluent individuals.

“We’ve been noticing that a lot of high school students and people from the middle class are buying and using drugs, and because of this [drugs are] also becoming easier to get ahold of and cheaper,” Sokhom said.

“The police have been clamping down on drug dealers but it’s still definitely out there, just moving around.

Some users have even started selling it because it’s easy money.”

Sokhom said that if the drug issue isn’t curbed, then it will “certainly be big trouble”, but Chito maintained Friday that police in all provinces are continuing their crackdown.

National Authourity for Combating Drugs Secretary General Meas Vyrith said that National Police seized a total of 70 kilograms of drugs in the first six months of the year.



  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group