A Taiwanese man was arrested on Monday by immigration officials and the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) at Phnom Penh International Airport in connection with 2kg of drugs.
NACD spokesman Meas Virith told The Post that Taiwanese national Yu Wei Yi had hidden 1994.72g of methamphetamines in wrapped plastic bags en route to Hong Kong, China, via flight HX370.
But Cambodian police forces managed to arrest him while he walked through the Phnom Penh International Airport checkpoint.
“The suspect was sent immediately to [the NACD department] for interrogation,” said Virith.
The deputy director of the NACD department, In Song, said the suspect might have accomplices hiding in Cambodia.
“At the moment, the authorities are interrogating the suspect to identify his accomplices so that further legal action can be taken to bring them to book,” he said.
In the past few years, Cambodian authorities have intercepted many transnational crimes, seized hundreds of kilogrammes of drugs and arrested dozens of criminals from countries such as China, Laos, Nigeria, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Mexico.
The effort was acknowledged by the Australian Embassy’s senior police liaison officer Naomi Binstead at a meeting on Monday with deputy supreme commissioner of the National Police Mok Chito.
“The implementation of anti-drug policies by the Cambodian government is very effective,” said Binstead.
Over 12,000 criminals have been arrested and 500kgs of drugs seized in just over a year, an NACD report said.
In the meeting, Cambodian and Australian representatives promised to intercept transnational drug crimes more effectively, through joint operations in the last few years have successfully arrested many criminals.