Son of Ex-Police Chief Arrested for Dealing Meth

The son of a former district police chief in Phnom Penh suspected of dealing crystal methamphetamine was arrested in possession of the synthetic drug early Tuesday morning, an official said.

Run Norinreaksmey—a 34-year-old soldier and the son of Khem Run, a former Tuol Kok district police chief who is now deceased—had been under surveillance for a “long time” and was arrested in Sen Sok district at about 2 a.m., said Ev Phearith, chief of the municipal police’s anti-drug bureau.

“Our police saw the suspect and then stopped him…and found a big bag of drugs,” Mr. Phearith said, adding that the officers also confiscated an air pistol from Mr. Norinreaksmey.

He said he could not estimate the amount of crystal meth inside the bag.

Following the arrest, police escorted the soldier to his house, where they apprehended two suspected accomplices, Y Chamroeun, a 36-year-old chef, and Ros Tola, a 33-year-old dog-meat vendor, the bureau chief said.

At the house, they also found a smaller bag of meth, a knife and a plastic pipe used to smoke the drug, he said, noting that all three men later confessed under questioning to selling narcotics.

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