Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - More than 60 busted in raid

More than 60 busted in raid

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Anti-drug officers display cash and drug paraphernalia from the raid with the suspects lined up behind them. PHOTO SUPPLIED

More than 60 busted in raid

Police detained and questioned 62 suspects, including a minor, following a drug raid in the capital’s Trapaing Chhuk village in Sen Sok district on Saturday.

According to Born Sam Ath, Phnom Penh deputy police commissioner, the raid was part of a crackdown on drug trafficking and related crime in the area, with police also seizing weapons and cash.

Urine-sampling by the authorities revealed that 54 of the suspects, including the 14-year-old, tested positive for substance use, particularly methamphetamine.

While several users were ordered to undertake rehab, others found to have broken the law will face legal action.

“The young boy and some users were sent back to their parents or guardians on the agreement they would go to a rehabilitation centre,” explained Sam Ath.

Fifty-three others were sent to the court as we found that they are also among a target group of gangsters, thieves and burglars.”

The round-up comes off the back of another mass-arrest in Trapaing Chhuk in August, when 88 suspects were detained for offences relating to drug use and distribution, with some now serving prison sentences.

Sam Ath said that the scale of the problem and associated “anarchy” in the district was incalculable, likening it to a continuous rainstorm.

MOST VIEWED

  • Twenty years after Pol Pot died a broken man, his memory looms large

    Two decades have passed, but Mea Chron still stands by Pol Pot. Most days he also stands by the mass murderer’s cremation site, keeping guard in the Khmer Rouge’s last stronghold of Anlong Veng. Pol Pot, the widely reviled despot who spearheaded the

  • Reuters: US Embassy fired 32 staff members for sharing pornography

    The United States Embassy in Phnom Penh has fired 32 non-diplomatic staff members who were allegedly caught exchanging pornographic images and video, including of minors, according to the news agency Reuters. Four sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the content was shared in

  • ‘Trouble’ foreseen in Khmer New Year almanac

    At 9:12am on Saturday, Cambodia’s devout can expect the arrival of Moha Thorathevey, an angel on a peacock holding a trident in one hand and an auspicious serrated wheel in the other. The angel, who has a liking for water hyacinths, will usher in

  • Our 2018 guide to spending Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh

    Khmer New Year festivities are upon us. For the next few days, travellers will be making their way to their home provinces to eat, celebrate, play traditional games and visit a pagoda with offerings. If you will be staying put in Phnom Penh for the