Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Trio nabbed in drug sting

Trio nabbed in drug sting

Trio nabbed in drug sting

Based on information from Australian authorities, anti-terrorism police arrested a Nigerian man, a French woman and an Australian woman on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle two kilograms of heroin from Cambodia to Australia.

A senior anti-terrorism police official at the Ministry of Interior, who asked not to be named, said that officers led by Brigadier General Ouk Hay Seila, deputy director of the Anti-Terrorism Department, and Phnom Penh Municipal Court vice prosecutor Hor Lina arrested Nigerian national Precious Chineme Nwoko, 24, French national Charlene Savarino, 19, and Australian Yoshe Ann Paylor, 41.

“Our police spent over three months investigating and researching them,” the official said yesterday.

The three suspects were preliminarily charged with possessing, transporting and trafficking drugs, and will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for official charges today, he continued.

“If they are found guilty by the court, they will each face punishments of at least 30 years, and up to a life sentence in prison in Cambodia,” he added.

The official said Savarino and Paylor were arrested on Wednesday afternoon while checking in at the Phnom Penh International Airport, and information gleaned from their interrogation led to the arrest of Nwoko at a rental house in Chamkarmon district that night.

Police are still seeking another Nigerian man suspected of being involved and thought to be currently in Phnom Penh.


  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh