Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mother, son nabbed in Takeo marijuana bust

Mother, son nabbed in Takeo marijuana bust

Suspects stand next to boxes and bags of marijuana at a Takeo police station after they were arrested on Tuesday. Photo supplied
Suspects stand next to boxes and bags of marijuana at a Takeo police station after they were arrested on Tuesday. Photo supplied

Mother, son nabbed in Takeo marijuana bust

A mother and son were sent to pre-trial detention yesterday after more than 20 kilograms of dried marijuana were found in their home in Takeo’s Kiri Vong district on Tuesday.

According to provincial court deputy prosecutor Phan Sopheak, 55-year-old Sok Sorphoan and 28-year-old Chan Sarat were arrested after 23 kilos of dried marijuana were uncovered in their home, following a tip-off from Pur Rong villagers, who claimed that the duo were secretly growing the drug in their fields.

“The judicial police were ordered to detain them at the provincial prison . . . under the charges of possessing and peddling an addictive substance,” Sopheak said, adding that the suspects had admitted to growing the drug.

“One kilogram of dried marijuana sells for about 700,000 riel [about $174] to 800,000 riel [$199],” said provincial military police deputy commander Nget Chanthy.

According to Preah Bat Chonchum commune deputy police chief Sam Nun, marijuana was commonly grown by villagers as a food ingredient and medicine, but most had stopped growing it after learning of its illegality.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Bumpy road for local ride apps

    Ride-hailing services seem to have grown into a dominant player in the capital’s transportation sector. Relatively unknown and little used in the Kingdom at the beginning of this year, services like PassApp, Grab and ExNet are now commonplace on Phnom Penh streets. However, the

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were