Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Drug bust made inside Tbong Khmum prison

Drug bust made inside Tbong Khmum prison

Two men are photographed at Trapang Plong prison in Tbong Khmum last week after they were arrested by the authorities.
Two men are photographed at Trapang Plong prison in Tbong Khmum last week after they were arrested by the authorities. National Police

Drug bust made inside Tbong Khmum prison

An investigation by Tbong Khmum provincial authorities on Saturday into potential drug use in Trapang Plong prison resulted in the discovery of illicit substances allegedly found in the possession of three inmates, with investigators suspecting there may be more.

The probe, led by provincial prosecutor Heang Sopheak in collaboration with Trapang Plong prison guards, uncovered three packages of a white powdered drug under the sleeping mats of three prisoners.

Phin Yan, the prison director, said yesterday said that the three prisoners – Loek Kry, 36, Va Heng, 26, and Ros Sarat, 39 – will be punished accordingly for drug possession, distribution and consumption.

Sopheak said yesterday that the investigation will continue, and that he suspected the drug presence was not limited to just three inmates.

“I believe that the suspects are not just the three of them, but more,” he said.

Sorn Keo, the Interior Ministry’s prison department spokesman, said the investigation would examine “where those three packs of addictive substances came from and how they were brought into the prisoners’ cell”.

Am Sam Ath, of the rights group Licadho, posited that drugs may be making their way into the prison with help from the security personnel.

“I think . . . it is not the gap of inspection, but some prison guards might collude with one another.”


  • 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