Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Laotians charged with meth trafficking

Laotians charged with meth trafficking

Two Laotian men arrested for drug trafficking stand as authorities lay out seized evidence on Monday. Military Police
Two Laotian men arrested for drug trafficking stand as authorities lay out seized evidence on Monday. Military Police

Laotians charged with meth trafficking

A Laotian soldier and an accomplice, both aged 18, were yesterday sent to Stung Treng Provincial Court and charged with trafficking illegal drugs after they were caught smuggling close to 2,000 tablets of illegal drugs across the border, according to provincial military police.

Soldier Sumphorn Vongsalat and farmer Loyhuong Hansek, both from Champasak province in Laos, were stopped by military police who discovered 1,997 pills of methamphetamine known as “yama”, said provincial military police crime office chief Siv Samet.

Police also confiscated 16 AK-47 rifle bullets, an unidentified powder, a motorbike and a mobile phone. “Vongsalat is a [Laotian] soldier,” Samet said. “We have cracked down many big cases like this so far.”

Provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc Hou Sam Ol said most of the illegal drugs in the province were smuggled from Laos.

“They make it through to Stung Treng through an illegal forest checkpoint,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM imposes nationwide Covid restrictions, curfew over Delta scare

    Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28 instructed the municipal and provincial authorities nationwide to strictly enforce Covid-19 measures including curfew for two weeks from July 29 midnight through August 12 to stem the new coronavirus Delta variant. The instruction came shortly after he issued a directive

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Provinces on Thai borders put in lockdown amid Delta fears

    The government has decided to place several border provinces in lockdown for two weeks in a bid to prevent the new coronavirus Delta variant spreading further into community. According a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28, the provinces include Koh Kong,

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four