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Karaoke clients, owners detained

Karaoke clients, owners detained

MORE than 100 people rounded up in a weekend raid on an unlicenced karaoke club in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district remained in custody on Monday, and police said they planned to press charges against five who had been identified as the club’s owners.

Military Police seized an array of illegal substances during the raid of the Mega Karaoke Club, located in Boeung Keng Kong I commune, that took place at around midnight on Saturday, said Men Ra, head of the Anti-Drug Research Bureau of the Military Police.

“We confiscated one package containing marijuana, a parcel with ecstasy, 300 grams of methamphetamine, as well as other instruments used to take drugs,” Men Ra said, and added that officers had also seized US$10,000, 91 phones, karaoke equipment and “some jewellery”.

He said that all 109 people detained after the raid would need to be questioned before their release, and that the five “owners” – two Cambodian-American men, two Malaysian men and a Chinese woman – would be sent to court to face drugs and prostitution charges.

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