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Police Blotter: 5 Jul 2010

Police Blotter: 5 Jul 2010


A 39-year-old man died on Wednesday after he fell into a river in Kampong Chhnang province, police said. Officers reported that the victim – whom they described as being “constantly” drunk – was visibly intoxicated before he stumbled into the river. Witnesses reported seeing him sitting on the edge of a boat, dipping his legs languidly into the water. No one was particularly interested in the man’s actions at the time because they thought he was just pondering taking a bath, police said. When the witnesses realised the man had fallen in and could not swim, it was too late: He had already drowned. Police hired three men to dive into the river to retrieve the man’s body.

Police in Kratie province arrested two men in a guesthouse and accused them of using and distributing illegal drugs. The Thursday bust was the end result of a five-month investigation into the activities of the two suspects, police said. Investigators reported having found a small package of drugs, including two yama tablets, a scale for weighing drugs and other pieces of paraphernalia. The two suspects have since been sent to court.

Four people were arrested in Kampong Cham province on Wednesday after military police officers stopped a car carrying 64 pieces of luxury wood poorly hidden under the seats. Military police officials said that the four suspects planned to transport the valuable but illegal wood from Kampong Cham province to Vietnam, where they hoped to sell it for a handsome profit. Police added that one of the suspects confessed to buying the wood at a price of 500,000 riels (US$125). That same suspect also helpfully informed officers that the group had transferred illegal wood to Vietnam on six prior occasions without getting caught, police said.

Police in Pursat province have arrested a 25-year-old construction worker accused of luring three girls to a pagoda last week and then committing “indecent acts” with them, investigators said. The man allegedly threatened to kill the three girls if they ever told anyone about the incident, which took place on Monday of last week. But the girls – an 11-year-old and two 9-year-olds – decided to tell their parents anyway, and their parents informed police.


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