Stream of Meth Busts Continues Along Laos Border

For the third time this week, a Laotian national was arrested after smuggling large quantities of meth into Stung Treng province on Thursday.

Police caught 45-year-old Kham Mai Sainga Vong at 9:30 a.m. about 200 meters from Trapaing Kriel International Checkpoint in Stung Treng City’s Samakki commune as he was carrying 977.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine on a motorbike, provincial justice department director Huy Khway said.

“Nothing was found on him besides a big box containing crystal methamphetamine,” he said, adding that police had been planning the sting for several days before they intercepted the Laotian.

“I wasn’t sure whether this drug was meant for Cambodia or a third country, as the drug smuggler’s operation is really complicated. They might only have asked him to bring it into Cambodia and someone else was waiting to bring it to a third country,” Mr. Khway said.

A Laotian man carrying almost a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine and two teenagers carrying 200 methamphetamine pills were busted in Stung Treng on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

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