Court Charges 2 Suspects Over Meth Bust in Poipet

A Thai national and a Cambodian man were charged with cross-border drug trafficking on Sunday after being arrested with 745.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine, or “ice,” in a sting operation outside a casino in Poipet City, police said.

Janyan Sae-kao, a 67-year-old Thai man, and An Khen, a 65-year-old Cambodian man, were apprehended in the border town on Thursday night by police officers posing as buyers, according to Lanh Sothea, a bureau chief at the Ministry of Interior’s anti-drug department.

“We spent more than three days convincing him to sell his ice and arrested him with his Khmer translator,” he said. Mr. Sothea said the sting was carried out near the Grand Diamond City Hotel & Casino in Poipet commune, where Mr. Janyan was staying.

He said police searched the man’s hotel room on Friday, but did not find any more drugs.

Chab Sopharith, deputy Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief, said the men were questioning at the provincial court on Sunday and charged with cross-border trafficking, then sent to prison to await trial.

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