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They were apprehended as they entered the country via Laos
PHNOM PENH--Four Taiwanese nationals were sent to Prey Sa Prison for "transportation, processing and storage" of drugs and ingredients weighing nearly three tons and worth $10 million.
Court spokesman Kuch Kimlong said that they were charged with two counts of drug possession, transportation and production, and sent to Prey Sa Prison on Oct 15.
On Oct 14, the anti-drug police forces sent the four suspects—Chen Chih Chieh, Chen Pao Jiun, Yu Yao Tsung and Zhan Qi Zhi—to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. The four men were arrested as they attempted to cross the border from Laos into Cambodia in Preah Vihear Province, police added.
The police seized 2,109 kilograms of methamphetamine, ketamine, ecstasy and heroin; 600 kilograms of chemical substances; drug-producing equipment as well as other drug-related material worth $10 million, police said. The men were planning to sell the drugs in Phnom Penh and Preah Sihanouk Province, he added.
According to the General Commissariat of National Police, Cambodia’s police has been investigating drug-smuggling factions in cooperation with the police authorities of several countries in order to crack down on the drug-trafficking masterminds.
During the first nine months of this year, the police has cracked down on 7,788 drug-related crimes that led to detaining 14,790 male and 980 female suspects who included 191 foreign men and 33 foreign women, according to a report of the Ministry of Interior.
During that same period, the police has confiscated more than 702 kilograms of drugs as well as 546 small packages of drugs, more than 287 kilograms of marijuana and 199,559 marijuana plants, the report said.