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Phnom Penh boy arrested with drugs

A boy sits behind a table of seized drugs on Saturday after he was arrested by authorities for possession. National Police
A boy sits behind a table of seized drugs on Saturday after he was arrested by authorities for possession. National Police

Phnom Penh boy arrested with drugs

An 11-year-old was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district on Saturday for allegedly selling methamphetamines, with more arrests of minors for drug crimes made in Siem Reap, police reported yesterday.

The boy in Tuol Kork was arrested by municipal anti-drug police on Saturday morning with 64 small packets of crystal meth, and was still being held in custody yesterday, district police chief Hun Sothy said.

Sothy added that the boy was supplying other young drug peddlers in the area, and that police are now trying to identify who they worked for.

Children under the age of 14 cannot be held criminally responsible under Cambodian law. “We are continuing the procedures of investigation to find the source from whom the boy brought it and distributed it to the other local boys,” Sothy said.

In Siem Reap town, authorities on Friday arrested 10 people, including three children, on suspicion of using and distributing drugs, with police seizing white powder and plastic bags from a house, said provincial military police commander Por Vannit.

“The suspects were arrested and that evidence was seized at the site. Now the suspects and evidence have been sent to provincial court,” Vannit said.

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