Four Kilograms of Drugs Seized in Border Drug Bust

More than 4 kg of drugs—about half heroin and half crystal methamphetamine—were confiscated from a Laotian man during a drug bust in the border province of Stung Treng on Friday, police said.

“We arrested one Laotian man and confiscated 1,961.1 grams of methamphetamine and 2,102.3 grams of heroin, totalling 4,063.4 grams for both,” said Pov Sam Eng, deputy chief of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police department.

The suspect, Kham Sainhavongsa, 46, had been driving in a Vigo with two other Laotian men, who escaped into the forest, when he was arrested in Samakki commune at 5:50 p.m, according to Mr. Sam Eng, who said the sting followed months of undercover work.

“We have spent many months trying to incite them to buy drugs from them so we could arrest them and confiscate those two kinds of drugs,” he said. “This group smuggled drugs across the border many times, but our anti-drug police noticed them and pretended to be buyers and arrested them.”

Mr. Sainhavongsa was placed in pretrial detention on Sunday after being questioned at the provincial court, Mr. Sam Eng said.

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