Border Police Help Nab Laotian Drug Traffickers

Cambodian border police in Stung Treng province worked with police in Laos to arrest two alleged Laotian drug smugglers on Tuesday, officials said Thursday.

Man Seap, chief of the border police’s liaison office at the Trapaing Kriel international checkpoint, said undercover officers convinced the Laotian smugglers to transport 1 kg of crystal methamphetamine—also known as “ice”—into Cambodia in their truck, but the suspects stopped short of crossing the border.

“We sent our undercover forces to lure Laotian drug traffickers to sell their ice, but they did not come onto Cambodian soil, so we contacted our counterparts, the Laotian anti-drug police, to arrest them on their soil at 5 p.m. on June 2,” Mr. Seap said, identifying the suspects as Pha Sy, 46, and Kham Bei, 56.

In Song, deputy anti-drug police chief at the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department, said Tuesday’s operation was the fourth time in the past two months that Cambodia and Laos had cooperated to arrest cross-border drug traffickers.

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