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Man busted for trying to get MDMA pills into country via post office

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Yao Zeye, suspected of having nearly 100 kgs of MDMA shipped to the Kingdom is shown in the capital. Photo supplied

Man busted for trying to get MDMA pills into country via post office

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court is continuing to question a man over the smuggling of nearly 100kg of drugs from Germany through the Kingdom’s postal system, said court spokesman Suos Vichea Randy.

He said the suspect, Yao Zeye, 33, was arrested by Ministry of Interior officials on August 7. He said authorities at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications had discovered 98kg of MDMA pills, known as ecstasy, hidden in animal food boxes sent from Germany.

“The case is currently in the hands of the investigating judge,” Vichea Randy said.

After interrogation on Saturday, Riel Sohpin, a deputy prosecutor at the capital court, decided to charge Zeye, a Chinese national, for drug trafficking.

Sieng Sambat, the deputy head of the internal security department at the Interior Ministry, told The Post on Sunday that experts had previously intercepted drugs sent through the post and hidden in electronic devices.

However, he said this was the biggest bust of its kind in recent memory.

“This is a huge case which has never happened before. The drug was hidden in animal food packages sent from Germany to Cambodia via the post. This was an irregular package,” he said, adding that authorities are looking for any possible accomplices.

Separately, in Stung Treng province, five suspects were arrested late last week and charged with drug trafficking.

Found with 236 packets of methamphetamine by anti-drug officers, the group was caught in the province’s capital.

Stung Treng anti-drug department head Chem Panit said the men and women ranged in age from 16 to 36 and were sent to the provincial court to be charged.

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