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Nearly 400 arrested in Sihanoukville club

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Police are searching for the ringleaders of a massive group of people suspected of selling and using drugs. Photo supplied

Nearly 400 arrested in Sihanoukville club

Preah Sihanouk provincial police are searching for the ringleaders of a group of almost 400 people who were arrested at a nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday for allegedly using and selling drugs.

Provincial police chief Chuon Narin said on Thursday that with cooperation from the provincial court, police raided the club in Village 4, in Sihanoukville’s Commune IV, and arrested 381 people. Police also seized drugs, two guns and bullets.

Narin said he could not yet reveal the number of Cambodians and foreigners in the group as he had not obtained a detailed report on the incident. Police are currently trying to determine who the leaders of the group are before taking legal action.

Those not involved with selling drugs will be educated before being sent home, he added.

“Now our police are working on it, including testing and weighing the drugs. [We] don’t know the kind of drug and its amount yet,” he said.

Provincial deputy police chief in charge of anti-drug crimes Penh Pov declined to provide details, citing an ongoing investigation.

Local media website Khemaradaily.com reported that most of the detainees are Chinese. It identified the club owner as Bao Fangze, but police refuted that assertion.

According to the National Police, relevant authorities cracked down on 18 cases involving drug across the country on Thursday alone, arresting 35 people including three women. Of the suspects, 21 are drug sellers and 14 are users. Some 18.31g and 40 small packages of methamphetamine were seized.

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