South Korean Wanted for Drug Deal to Be Deported

A South Korean wanted in his home country for drug dealing was ar­rested in Phnom Penh on Wednesday after he was placed on Interpol’s Red Notice list, police said on Friday.

Baek Seung Joon, 43, who had evaded arrest in South Korea, was nabbed in Russei Keo district’s Tuol Sangke commune, Deputy National Police Commissioner Mok Chito said.

“After we got the Red Notice from Interpol, we sent our experts to look for him about one or two months before the arrest,” he said.

“We have not found any crime he committed in Cambodia, and we have not found any link with drug dealers in Cambodia.”

Mr. Chito said he did not know precisely when the suspect had come to Cambodia and could not provide any more specific details of his alleged crimes, other than saying it was believed he had been involved in cross-border drug trafficking.

Lim Sokha Raksmey, acting director of Cambodia’s Interpol office, did not know when the suspect would be deported to South Korea, but said in principle the South Korean police should come and get him.

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