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Thais to face court after border drug arrests

Thais to face court after border drug arrests

Siem Reap provincial court yesterday charged two Thai nationals with drug possession, following their arrest at the Choam international border crossing in Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng district on Sunday. Touch Ra, director of the border relations office at Choam border crossing, said Sitik Phinit, 20, and Thaleung Sak, 20, were arrested after they crossed the border to visit a Cambodian market and were found with 27 pink ya ba pills between them on the return trip. “Thai officials asked us to release them, but we said no because it’s a legal procedure,” he said. Ty Soveinthal, chief prosecutor at Siem Reap court, said yesterday that the men were charged under the Kingdom’s anti-drug laws. He added that the pair could face up to 18 months in prison if found guilty. Under Thai law, the men could face up to 10 years jail for a similar crime, he said.

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