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Laotians ‘arrested with meth’ in Stung Treng

Laotians ‘arrested with meth’ in Stung Treng

Stung Treng military police arrested two Laotian nationals in possession of nearly a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine yesterday afternoon.

National military police spokesman Eng Hy said Pha Thav Kham and Pha Thav Noy, both 35, were caught in Stung Treng town’s Samaki commune with 937.6 grams of meth.

The arrest is the latest of numerous recent instances of substantial drug hauls in the Kingdom having originated in Laos.

Yesterday’s bust comes just days after another Laotian, Kham Saiyavongsa, was lured across the border by Stung Treng anti-drugs police with 2 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 2.1 kilograms of heroin, with a combined estimated street value of $100,000.

In February, Laotian police arrested five men suspected of preparing to smuggle $100,000 worth of methamphetamine tablets into Cambodia, and last June four suspects were charged for attempting to smuggle nearly 55 kilograms of methamphetamine into Cambodia across the Lao border in Stung Treng.

UN Office of Drugs and Crime regional representative Jeremy Douglas said earlier this year that the “vast majority” of drugs entering the Kingdom do so through its border with Laos.

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