Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Over four tonnes of illegal drugs confiscated in 2021

Over four tonnes of illegal drugs confiscated in 2021

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Anti-drug police hold a press conference on combating drug production in Kampong Speu on December 14. Heng Chivoan

Over four tonnes of illegal drugs confiscated in 2021

Authorities confiscated more than four tonnes of illegal drugs of all variety and arrested more than 10,000 suspects including 362 foreigners last year, according to a report issued by the third commission of the anti-illegal drug campaign.

Anti-drug department deputy director In Song told The Post on January 2 that based on the report, the police investigated 6,242 drug cases and arrested 13,765 people, 802 of them women. The detainees included 362 foreigners of 13 different nationalities, 45 of them women.

The illegal drugs seized amounted to four tonnes and 435kg. That included 228.51 grammes of marijuana; 52,214 dried marijuana plants; and one tonne and 163 kg of unidentified chemical substances.

The police had also seized 124 cars and 1,647 motorcycles; 5,853 mobile phones; 336 sets of scales; 41 pistols and 42 rifles; and some cash. Nine bank accounts had their funds frozen with asset forfeiture procedures initiated against them in court.

Am Sam Ath, deputy director for rights group Licadho, said the figures on drug activity were concerning and demanded that the government spend more time and resources cracking down on those involved in the drug trade.

“Drugs destroy human resources. [The government] must crack down and curb the inflow of drugs from outside the country while disrupting the production and distribution of drugs inside the country with strict penalties to eliminate drug trafficking,” he said.

Meas Sovann, president of the Drug Addict Relief Association of Cambodia (DARAC), commended the authorities for clamping down on drug offenders and getting illegal drugs off of the street. He also urged the police to strictly enforce the law against offenders and search out drug dealing criminals who are the main sources of the problem.

“It’s important that when the police hit the right targets when arresting suspects. Mostly arresting drug users and low-level offenders won’t eliminate the drug problem in Cambodia. They need to arrest the traffickers who are behind the importation and production in order to achieve the best results,” he said.


  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro