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Three charged in Meanchey narcotics raid

Three charged in Meanchey narcotics raid

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged three men with drug trafficking and drug production following a police raid earlier this week.

Hong Endy, 51, the owner of the Nam Trea Guesthouse and Restaurant, and two alleged accomplices, Nay Srey Ny, 19, and Nay Vanneth, 16, are suspected of running a drug manufacturing site in Meanchey district.

“They were charged with drug trafficking and drug production activities in Cambodia,” said Sok Roeun, Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police deputy chief Ben Rath said the three suspects were arrested on Monday night during a police raid of a suspected drug manufacturing site in Veal Sboy commune.  

Police confiscated about six kilograms of drugs. The haul included amphetamines and ketamine.

Also seized in the raid were  precursor chemicals including sulphuric acid, sodium acid and five bags of sodium hydroxide.

“Hong Endy is a well-known drug trafficker in Cambodia, and he was arrested and put in prison for four months in early 2010 in connection with drug trafficking in Cambodia,” Ben Rath said yesterday.

He added that police also confiscated two vehicles and one pistol from Hong Endy.

All the evidence is being kept at Phnom Penh Municipal Police headquarters, he said.

“In order to prevent him from committing this crime again, as well as to reduce and combat drug trafficking activities in Cambodia, I would like to ask the court to strongly punish and fine him,” Bun Rath said.

He added that police had spent a week investigating the facility before the raid.

Pen Rath said following the raid that the police had been assisted in their efforts by a tip from local residents.

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