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Trio busted for alleged extortion, drug use

Trio busted for alleged extortion, drug use

Three men were arrested and charged yesterday at the Banteay Mancheay Provincial Court following accusations they extorted Cambodian workers returning from Thailand.

According to provincial police officer Phoeung Mansoeng, suspects Liv Tainghuor, Phal Seyha and Pich Chantra were arrested while drinking and planning what police say was another in a series of plots to swindle migrants through their taxi services.

“The three are [long-time criminals] and have committed extortion against many Cambodian workers,” he said.

Mansoeng claimed that most recently, the suspects stole 10,000 baht (about $308) from a Cambodian construction worker visiting his hometown on Thursday.

The victim told police that the men had demanded 800 baht for the trip from Poipet to Phnom Penh, but when the car arrived at Ta Phan Bridge, they stopped, seized and slapped him, and grabbed his bag containing 10,000 baht before driving off.

The suspects confessed, according to provincial police chief Sith Los, who said the men had been charged by the court with extortion and drug use.

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