Brothel Raid Yields Suspected Drug Dealers

Seven people were arrested on suspicion of using or dealing il­legal drugs when military police raided a brothel in Battambang province Wednesday, officials said.

Two men, Chan Chealy, 17, and Horm Hoeurn, 20, were ac­cused of selling drugs at the bro­thel in Bavel district, Sante­phe­ap commune, Bavel district Mili­tary Po­lice Chief Pal Pov said Thurs­day.

Four women—brothel owner Ler Chanthy, 29, and employees An Saruon, 21, Chan Srey Pao, 27, and Khem Ra, 24—and a man, Vi­et Prom, 24, were accused of us­ing illicit drugs, Pal Pov said.

Several of the accused confes­sed to military police and to officials in Battam­bang Provincial Court Thursday that they regularly used methamphetamines “in order to release stress,” he said.

“They confessed that they felt happy and could serve [clients] well whenever they took drug pills,” Pal Pov said. He said military police raided the brothel after receiving an anonymous tip.

Police shut down the brothel and seized 15 methamphetamine pills, he said.

In the past year, au­thorities in Cambodia have re­peatedly re­ported that amphetamine use is on the rise.

On Monday, a woman was ar­rested in Battambang town and ac­cused of drug dealing after po­lice confiscated nearly 3,000 methamphetamine pills from her, military police officials said Tues­day.

Sim Srey, 40, confessed to au­thorities that she was transporting the drugs to a client when she was arrested, said Battambang district military police Chief Poa Vicheth.

He said military police were tipped off about the ex­change by undercover officers.

Sim Srey told military police she bought the drugs in Phnom Penh and had been selling them in Battambang since July, he said.

She was questioned in provincial court Monday afternoon and is being detained in provincial prison, said Nhem Chhan, an assi­stant to the military police chief.

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