Police arrested two women last week and seized more than 3kg of illegal drugs in separate incidents in Phnom Penh and Banteay Meanchey province.
The Banteay Meanchey provincial court on Friday charged 48-year-old Chay Dich Lamei, known as Huch, with “keeping, transporting or illicit trafficking of narcotic substances” following her arrest last Monday in Sisophon town’s Kampong Svay commune.
The judge ordered Dich Lamei to be placed in pre-trial detention after police found 1,824.19g of Crystal methamphetamine, known as “ice”, and 228.96g of WY pills at her home, provincial court spokesman Roeun Lina said on Sunday.
“An investigating judge decided to charge her under Article 40 of the Law on Drug Control,” Lina said.
The Banteay Meanchey provincial police’s anti-drug office had sent Dich Lamei to the provincial court on Thursday, said provincial deputy police chief Ngeng Sochea.
He said the suspect had been followed by the authorities for several months having been identified as an illegal drug dealer.
The police asked a provincial prosecutor to issue a warrant, and in the raid on her house 2,053.15g of narcotic substances were found and confiscated, Sochea said.
“The police arrested the suspect because she was a long-standing target and a warrant for her arrest was issued by the court,” he said.
In the other incident, the Ministry of Interior’s Anti-drugs Department police arrested a 28-year-old woman on Thursday in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district on suspicion of trafficking drugs to sell in an unspecified province.
Anti-drugs Department deputy director Soeung Nol said on Sunday that his police had been investigating the case for months to gather evidence before apprehending the suspect with 986.67g of methamphetamine. A mobile phone was also seized in the bust.
“Our police caught her on her way to a province. She confessed that she was going there to sell the drugs,” Nol said, adding that the suspect was sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday and a prosecutor was continuing to question her.
Police are now searching for other members of the drugs ring, he said.