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Nine from raided Sihanoukville club sent to court on drug charges

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Authorities arrested more than 350 people, retrieved 12.5kg of drugs and three guns during their raid on the Sihanoukville club. Fresh News

Nine from raided Sihanoukville club sent to court on drug charges

Nine suspects arrested by police at a Sihanoukville night club on September 30 appeared in court on Saturday on charges of using and selling drugs.

Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief Chuon Narin told The Post: “We found the nine people – seven men and two women – had committed drugs offences. They are all Chinese and have been sent to court,” he said.

He said his officers worked in collaboration with officials from the Anti-drug department and found some people were using drugs and others just went to the club for fun and were not associated with drugs. They were released, he said.

With assistance from prosecutor Seang Sok and deputy prosecutor, Penh Piseth, Preah Sihanouk provincial deputy governor Cheav Vichak, and relevant authorities, the club known as Sin Khay Xian Min Restaurant has been shut temporarily.

National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun told The Post on Sunday that authorities arrested more than 350 people, including 33 women offering prostitution and massage services and 52 people on drug charges. Of the 52, 42 were Chinese and 10 Vietnamese.

Police retrieved 12.5kg of drugs and three guns.

Those not associated with drug offences were warned and signed a contract before being allowed to go home. Cambodian drug users were sent to a rehabilitation centre, Khoeun said.

Police said they are still investigating to find offenders and track the source of the drugs.


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