Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Drug cases jump in year’s first half



Drug cases jump in year’s first half

Prey Sar prisoners stand with seized narcotics after they were charged with drug trafficking in Phnom Penh earlier this year. Photo supplied
Prey Sar prisoners stand with seized narcotics after they were charged with drug trafficking in Phnom Penh earlier this year. Photo supplied

Drug cases jump in year’s first half

The number of drug-related criminal cases and arrests jumped 37 per cent in the first half of the year to 2,158 cases, up from 1,573 in the same period for 2015, according to statistics from the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD).

The NACD is working to boost its capacity to crack down on drug crimes, an official said at a meeting between Cambodian and Thai anti-narcotics officials yesterday in Phnom Penh.

But one hoped-for new tool, a sub-decree passed in March that will allow police to confiscate 70 per cent of convicted drug dealers’ property then reinvest it in the NACD, had yet to be implemented.

“We need those resources to boost the capacity of our technical officials and help in the fight against drugs,” said Meas Vyrith, secretary general of the NACD.

Officials also said that drug use in Cambodia was now increasingly spreading from the major cities to rural areas.

“The culture of drug use grew so fast in Phnom Penh that by 2006 it became endemic,” explained David Harding, an expert with more than a decade of experience working with drug users in Cambodia. “But you reach a saturation point in a center like Phnom Penh and you begin looking for new markets.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Municipal hall releases map detailing colour coded Covid risks by commune

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng released an official map detailing the red, yellow and dark yellow zones within the city under the new lockdown orders for Phnom Penh announced on April 26. The designation of red, dark yellow and yellow corresponds to areas with high,

  • Inter-provincial travel ban lifted; Phnom Penh and Takmao not exempted

    The government on April 25 decided to lift the inter-provincial travel ban and the closure of tourist attractions across the country, effectively immediately. The travel ban and closures of all resorts were imposed on April 6 and 17 respectively in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19,

  • Gov't mulls extension of Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown

    The Inter-ministerial National Commission for the Control and Enforcement of Lockdown held a video conference meeting on April 25 to review a draft document on the extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal province’s Takmao town. The meeting was chaired by Minister of

  • Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown extended for another week

    The government late on April 26 announced an extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province for another seven days – or longer if residents do not comply with Covid-19 preventive measures and the community outbreak does not subside – until May 5. According

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Tottenham Hotspur to wear ISF Cambodia logo on jerseys in match against Sheffield United

    Last year, the Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) – an NGO providing education to underprivileged children in Cambodia – made global headlines with its “socially distanced” football initiative. This year, a world-class football club – Tottenham Hotspur FC – will wear special edition jerseys to show their support for ISF