Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Trio of northeast provinces torch 200kg drugs

Trio of northeast provinces torch 200kg drugs

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Stung Treng authority burns down illegal drugs on July 6. FB

Trio of northeast provinces torch 200kg drugs

In the first six months of this year, police in Stung Treng, Ratanakkiri and Mondulkiri provinces seized nearly 200kg of drugs, which they destroyed in a bonfire on July 6 in Stung Treng in the presence of representatives from the three provincial courts.

According to Stung Treng deputy police chief Phay Raksmey, included in the blaze was 179.34kg of methamphetamines or ice, with 178.36 kg of it coming from Stung Treng itself while 843g were sent over from Ratanakkiri and another 136g delivered from Mondulkiri.

“We're burning these drugs to demonstrate our anti-drug policing efforts in the three provinces and the efforts of the courts and of all Cambodian anti-drug police,” he said.

Raksmey noted that the drug bonfire was also attended by Mak Chito, deputy National Police chief in charge of the anti-drug department and Stung Treng provincial governor Svay Sam Eang.

He continued that the ceremony was organised as part of the 7th campaign of collaboration with the National Authority on Combating Drugs (NACD) and the administrations of the three provinces to mark the International Day Against Drugs held under the theme “Solving Drug Problems Amid Public Health and Humanitarian Crises.”

“Currently, the drug problem in Cambodia is not on the decline, but actually on the rise. And if we want it to drop we must work together to crack down, prevent and eliminate it,” Chito said at the event.

He added that among the northeastern provinces, Stung Treng had the most drug crime taking place because it was a point of entry for drugs trafficked from neighbouring countries, especially Laos.

Cambodia is frequently used as a transit for delivering drugs to other countries, he noted, but so far the police have managed to stop the Kingdom from becoming a drug producing centre by cracking down on the traffickers and controlling the import and sale of certain chemicals necessary to manufacture illegal drugs, he said.


  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • Cambodia's poverty cut in half from 2009 to 2019: World Bank report

    A report published by the World Bank on November 28 states that Cambodia’s national poverty rate fell by almost half between 2009 and 2019, but the Covid-19 pandemic recently reversed some of the poverty reduction progress. Cambodia’s poverty rate dropped from 33.8 to 17.8 per cent over the 10