Major Drug Crackdown Nets Ten Suspects

Drugs, weighing more than a ton, were confiscated by the Royal Cambodian Gendarmerie in Sihanoukville. Photo: Gendamarie Royal Sihanoukville Province Facebook Page

PHNOM PENH – Ten people have been arrested and more than a tonne of drugs seized in a crackdown on major drug crime in Sihanoukville.

The Royal Cambodian Gendarmerie has prepared a case file of suspects and exhibits to be sent to the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Prosecutor's Office for further proceedings.

The operation, which ran from Dec. 11 to 21, targeted money laundering as well as storing, transporting and trafficking drugs.

Those arrested were six Chinese men, one Taiwanese man and three Cambodian men. Police also seized many exhibits, including eight cars.

“Large-scale drug-related research and investigations have now been completed and were successful, with the cooperation and attention for 10 days,” the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Gendarmerie said.

The operation was ordered by General Sao Sokha, Commander of the National Gendarmerie, and Sihanoukville Governor Kouch Chamroeun.

Brigadier General Heng Bunty, Commander of the Sihanoukville Provincial Gendarmerie, led the operation, which was coordinatedwith the Sihanoukville Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

On the first day of the crackdown, it was reported that 900 kilograms of drugs were confiscated.

National Authority for Combating Drugs secretary-general Meas Virith said the drugs were being smuggled out of Cambodia to third countries.

He estimated unofficially that about five tonnes of drugs will have been seized by the end of the year.

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