Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Man arrested after being caught with over 10,000 meth pills in Stung Treng

Man arrested after being caught with over 10,000 meth pills in Stung Treng

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A suspect is detained in Stung Treng town carrying a black plastic bag with two yellow packages full of methamphetamine tablets. FACEBOOK

Man arrested after being caught with over 10,000 meth pills in Stung Treng

A man was detained by anti-drug police in Stung Treng town’s Kham Phan village on Tuesday after police found more than 10,000 methamphetamine tablets in his possession.

Stung Treng provincial anti-drug office chief Chem Phanith told The Post on Tuesday that the suspect, 26, is a Cambodian native to Stung Treng province’s Siem Pang district. He is married to a Lao woman and currently lives in Laos’ Champasak province.

“The suspect was trafficking illegal drugs from Laos through a corridor in Kham Phan village to deliver them to his associates, but he was found and detained by police,” he said.

He told The Post that his team was patrolling their assigned area when they saw the suspect at about 9:20am on Tuesday in the area, near the town’s ring road. He was carrying a black plastic bag.

Police detained and questioned the suspect. Inside the bag were two yellow packages containing a total of 10,215 WY methamphetamine tablets. Police filed a report and sent the suspect to Stung Treng provincial police headquarters.

In a separate case, National Police on Monday detained four suspects in Phnom Penh during a crackdown and confiscated 140 small packets of methamphetamine in white powder form.

The crackdown occurred at a slum, in Group 26 in Srah Chak commune’s Village II in Daun Penh district. Police further detained more than 20 others for substance abuse.

Following the crackdown, Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief Sar Thet told The Post: “In total, the police detained 22 people in connection to drug offences. Seventeen of them were examined and found to have drugs in their systems, two were drugs dealers, and the other three [were not seen to] abuse drugs.

“As for now, we’ve sent those with drugs in their systems to rehabilitation centres to neutralise the influence of the drugs. We’ve sent those trafficking drugs to court. Those determined not to be involved in drug offences were lectured and released to their homes.”

In response to widespread concerns that drugs continued to be dealt in areas near the train tracks, Thet said the authorities continued to address the issue and are working to investigate and prevent the drug flow.

It is a continuous effort and not a one-time deal, he said.


  • Tourists urged not to skip trip

    The Ministry of Tourism has called on international tourists not to cancel trips to Cambodia, but urged them to adhere to several dos and don’ts when arriving in the Kingdom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry released an eight-point instruction manual on Wednesday published

  • The taxman cometh – Cambodia’s capital gains tax casts the net on individual taxpayers

    In a country where only limited personal income tax existed, the new taxation law beginning January 1, 2021, will make taxpayers out of Cambodians, whether they are ready for it or not About two years ago, a little known amendment was made to Article 7 of the Law

  • Cambodian-American gets Star Trek treatment

    Kevin Ung, a Cambodian-American whose family escaped genocide during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, was recently selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s inaugural 2020 Star Trek Command Training Programme, a course intended to give hands-on filmmaking experience

  • Cambodia seeks to be transport hub

    Cambodia is working on several fronts to modernise its transport infrastructure and services, concentrating on opening new international gates to relieve and balance traffic congestion at its borders, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said on Thursday. This is part of the Kingdom’

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • Deminers unearth ancient lion statue

    Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Tuesday that a statue of a lion was found by mine clearance experts while they were digging for a development project. It was sent to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts last