Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Local drug use down: NACD



Local drug use down: NACD

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The NACD on Tuesday destroyed 64kg of illicit drugs on Koh Pich on Tuesday. Heng Chivoan

Local drug use down: NACD

The National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) said the production, trafficking and consumption of illegal drugs in the region, and the world, is escalating and becoming an increasing concern, urging authorities to accelerate property confiscation from criminals.

Deputy Prime Minister and NACD head Ke Kim Yan expressed these concerns said this when he presided over an International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking event on Tuesday.

Held at Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich Center, the event’s theme was “Joining Together for a Drug-Free Life and Society”.

“The situation and trend of the production, trafficking and consumption of illegal drugs in the region and world hasn’t decreased in the past few years. Instead it has escalated and become more complicated, posing a serious challenge to law enforcement,” Kim Yan said to over 3,000 people in attendance.

He said drug gangs used covert cross-border trafficking and eluded the authorities when bringing illegal drugs into Cambodia from around the world, from areas such as South America, Africa, the Golden Crescent and the Golden Triangle.

“It continues to happen and is affecting the welfare and livelihoods of people and the security, order and social development [of the Kingdom], requiring the government to take tough measures,” Kim Yan said.

At the event, government officials also destroyed 64kg of drugs that were seized from traffickers. The drugs were valued at about $2 million.

Most of the drugs were methamphetamine, with three tonnes of marijuana and khat, a chewable stimulant, also being torched. The NACD said there has been a decline in the consumption and trafficking of drugs in the Kingdom due to enforcement efforts.

“We destroyed 64kg of drugs worth about $2 million. And based on our evaluation of activities, traffickers, markets and consumers, the trafficking in, and consumption of drugs has declined."

“We found that the users have declined by 12 percent. The decline is the result of law enforcement operations, with rewards proving to be a good incentive for officers,” Kim Yan said.

Yan said the NACD had appealed to the courts to speed up the seizure of property belonging to criminals. “I call for this measure to be accelerated,” he said.

Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana, who attended the event, told reporters his ministry has also asked the courts to accelerate procedures to try suspects in drug cases and speed up the delivery of verdicts.

“We can seize their property, but it always takes too long because there are many drug cases and delays in delivering verdicts,” he said.

Sieng Sok, the deputy prosecutor at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said there are always a large amount of the drugs in the Kingdom because the criminals see it as a good business opportunity, adding that drugs damage society and impact youths.

“It damages health and motivates them to commit crimes, such as murder, kidnapping, rape, theft and domestic violence. [Drugs also cause] social turmoil and affect public order,” he said.

In the first five months of this year, the NACD recorded 9,364 drug users, with 7,056 addicts among them. Some 2,870 cases were investigated, 5,702 criminals arrested and 93kg of drugs seized.

MOST VIEWED

  • Without shoes or a helmet, a young cyclist steals the show

    Pech Theara gripped the curved handlebars of his rusty old bike, planted his bare feet on its pedals and stormed as fast as he could towards the finish line. The odds were against him as the 13-year-old faced off against kids with nicer bikes at

  • Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway on schedule

    The construction of the more than $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has not been delayed despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 26 per cent of the project completed and expected to finish in about two years, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • PM dispels lockdown rumours, gifts masks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on November 12 denied rumours that he will lock down the country in response to increased Covid-19 fears, referring to them as propaganda aimed at destabilising the country. In a Facebook post, he said some people had spread rumours that the government

  • SilkAir adds flight to Phnom Penh schedule

    Silkair (Singapore) Pte Ltd is increasing its flight frequency between Phnom Penh and Singapore with a third weekly flight on Saturdays, according to Cambodia Airports’ Facebook page. The other flights offered are on Tuesdays and Sundays, with an estimated Phnom Penh arrival time at 5:35pm