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Three booked for meth smuggling

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Evidence is displayed after police arrested three suspects smuggling meth in the luggage compartment of a bus. national police

Three booked for meth smuggling

Stung Treng provincial police said on Wednesday that they are questioning three suspects arrested on Tuesday for allegedly bringing 120kg of drugs into Cambodia through Laos.

Gnem Borim, head of the Trapaing Kriel International Border Checkpoint at the Laos border, said his forces used an X-ray machine to inspect the luggage of a bus belonging to Phnom Penh Sorya Company.

Upon doing so, they discovered 120kg of methampehtamine in bags allegedly belonging to Chhiev Thearo, 35, Hem Savorn, 35, and Thiev Tong Hai, 37. They were arrested and sent to the provincial police station for questioning.

“The three men are Cambodian. They travelled from Pakse, Laos, with 120kg of methamphetamine in their suitcases that were stored in the baggage area of the bus. They intended to smuggle the drugs across the border into Cambodia,” Borim said.

He said the driver and other staff members of the bus company were also arrested and the bus has been seized pending the completion of investigations.

Chhem Chamnan, a Sorya Company representative, said previously that neither the company nor its staff was involved in the matter.

“Our company provides the transportation service. But we are not responsible for checking the passenger’s belongings,” Chamnan had said.

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