About 70 people were arrested on drug use and drug trafficking charges in a three-day period of police raids this week in eight districts of Phnom Penh, according to Ben Rath, Phnom Penh deputy police chief.
“This is a big crackdown on drug abusers and trafficking activities in Phnom Penh. The reason why we were able to arrest these people is because of our hard work and good cooperation from all local authorities,” he said yesterday.
A total of 67 people were arrested, he said, during the three-day crackdown which began on Saturday and saw raids conducted across the province
“They were all sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for their charges, but so far we are not sure how many people will be charged because there are so many people.”
Keu Bunnara, deputy prosecutor of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said that of the almost 70 suspects arrested, at least 10 were charged on Monday with drug distribution while others were still being questioned.