Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Traffickers’ were hiding drugs in ducks, cops say




‘Traffickers’ were hiding drugs in ducks, cops say

Police officers detain two suspected drug traffickers following a shootout last week in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied
Police officers detain two suspected drug traffickers following a shootout last week in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

‘Traffickers’ were hiding drugs in ducks, cops say

Five suspects involved in a shootout with police last Wednesday that left an officer and a suspect dead were officially charged yesterday by an investigating judge, according to Ly Sophanna, Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman.

Sophanna declined to specify the charges, but was quoted in local media as saying the charges were for trafficking drugs, conspiring with criminals and possessing illegal weapons.

The name of the dead suspect was made public in a report on the Royal Gendarmerie of Cambodia’s website on Sunday. Lim Kim Teng was identified as the ringleader, who had recently served a one-year sentence at Prey Sar prison for drug trafficking.

When he was released in April 2014, he allegedly continued his old profession, but was more sophisticated, using a fried duck business as a front for drug trafficking, according to the report.

“The authorities’ research concluded that they trafficked drugs from one place to another, inserting them inside fried ducks,” the report reads.

During his time in prison, Kim Teng met Ly Virak, one of the five suspects charged yesterday, who at the time was in prison for stealing necklaces.

The other four suspects include Lim Kok Huy, who is Kim Teng’s uncle; Ty Eang, who is Kim Teng’s brother-in-law; and two accomplices, Sun Dara and Trav Rithdara. Virak was the only one not charged with possession of illegal weapons.

Tien Karona, an officer from the military police’s Phnom Penh unit, was fatally wounded during the raid on the Tuol Kork property.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM slams HRW ‘double standards’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has chided Human Rights Watch (HRW) Asia director Brad Adams for keeping quiet over protest crackdowns in the US following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Addressing reporters while inspecting infrastructure development in Preah Sihanouk province on Monday,

  • Bank robber of $6M asks to be released

    An accused bank robber who admitted to stealing $6 million has asked the Supreme Court to release him temporarily because he had returned the money. In a court hearing on Tuesday Chan Simuntha, 39, told the judge that on January 18, his wife Teang Vathanaknearyroth told him that

  • WHO: Antibiotics cause more deaths

    Increased antibiotics use in combating the Covid-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming

  • Children in poverty said to rise by 86M

    The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children warned that if urgent measures are not taken, the number of children living in poverty across low- and middle-income countries could increase by 86 million, a 15 per cent jump, by the end of the year. In

  • Four more Cambodian peacekeepers get Covid-19 in Mali

    Four more Cambodian Blue Helmet peacekeepers in Mali have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of infected Cambodian UN peacekeepers to 10. National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces and Explosive Remnants of War deputy director-general and spokeswoman Kosal Malinda told The Post on Tuesday

  • Huge tracks of undocumented land a concern for registration officials

    Siem Reap provincial deputy governor Ly Samrith expressed concern that land registration plans for residents scheduled to be completed by late 2021 could not be achieved because 80 per cent of the land had not been registered. Land dispute issues are a major factor that poses a