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Four arrested for possession of 3kg of drugs in Pursat

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Pursat provincial police arrest one of four suspects accused of possessing 3kg of illegal drugs on Wednesday. Police

Four arrested for possession of 3kg of drugs in Pursat

Pursat provincial police continued to question four suspects on Thursday who were arrested in O’Sdaov village, in Sampov Meas district’s Svay At commune, the day before for allegedly possessing more than 3kg of illegal drugs.

The provincial police chief Sarun Chanthy told The Post on Thursday that after they were detained, the suspects – who include two women – were sent to Pursat provincial police headquarters to be questioned.

“The suspects are still being questioned at the provincial police headquarters. Currently, they have not said anything yet. The police are still questioning them. The white powder police seized weighed more than 3kg,” he said.

Chanthy said the two male suspects are 28 and 23 years old and reside in Bak Rotes village in Sampov Meas district’s Prey Nhy commune. One of the women is 25 years old and also hails from Bak Rotes village.

The fourth suspect, Chanthy said, was a 49-year-old woman from Anlong Hab village in Sampov Meas district’s Koh Chum commune.

In addition to the seized drugs, the provincial police report indicated that various other items were also confiscated, including an electronic scale, a car, 800,000 riel ($200), four driving licenses, two Cambodian identification cards, two car number plates, a necklace, a ring and a mobile phone.

A report issued on Wednesday by the National Authority for Combating Drugs said the authorities cracked down on 44 illegal drug crimes and detained 80 people across the country.

It said 49 people were arrested in 23 cases involving dealing in drugs while 31 were held in 21 cases involving drug use.

Nationwide, from the beginning of the year until the end of July, the National Authority for Combating Drugs report said there were a total of 5,054 cases involving illegal drugs in which 11,117 people were detained, 789 of whom were women.

Among them, 187 were foreign nationals from 12 countries including 40 women.


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