Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police shut two hotels over drug suspicions

Police shut two hotels over drug suspicions

Police shut two hotels over drug suspicions

AUTHORITIES have closed two Sihanoukville guesthouses after foreign tourists died from drug overdoses in the establishments earlier this month, local officials said.

In a notice dated Saturday, a copy of which has been obtained by the Post, Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities declared the permanent closure of the Geckozy Guesthouse, in Sihanoukville’s Commune 2, and the temporary shuttering of Santepheap Guesthouse, in Commune 4, pending further police investigation.

A Preah Sihanouk police official, who asked not to be named, said that after raiding Geckozy Guesthouse early this month following the death of a foreign tourist, police had discovered illegal drugs and ordered the owners to close their doors within 15 days.

“We gave the owner 10 days, with May 15 as the deadline, to get ready for the closure,” he said, adding that Santepheap Guesthouse, where a tourist also died recently from an overdose, was still under investigation.

Bou Bunhang, a prosecutor at the Preah Sihanouk provincial court, said that investigations of both establishments were ongoing.

“If we find that owners of the two guesthouses secretly allowed the use of illegal drugs at their guesthouses, they will have to be punished under the law,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,