Court Questions Two About Home Drug Lab

Four men arrested in a police raid Thursday on a suspected home drug-production laboratory in Phnom Penh appeared in the Municipal Court Tuesday for questioning, said Daun Penh district penal police Chief Huy Song.

Of the four suspects, brothers Tep Phirun, 21, and Tep Sokha Phoeukdei, 18, were questioned, Huy Song said. He said all four would be back in court today.

The two who have not been questioned are an Indian national and Ouk Virak Both, son of the dep­uty director of the Forestry Ad­ministration Depart­ment Ouk Sok­hom, said Huy Song.

Touch Muysor, police chief for the municipal anti-drug unit, said that bust was the second in as many months on drug labs.

In early May, the anti-drug unit raided a home drug-production lab in Chamkar Mon district, ar­resting two men, said Touch Muysor. Those two, Kim Long and Ky Tann, who are now in jail, were the mentors of Ouk Virak Both, the suspected head of the re­cently raided home drug lab, Touch Muysor said.

Chemicals used to produce am­phetamines and the drug ecstasy were sent to the court as evidence, along with 200 amphetamine pills, a K-54 handgun, and homemade equipment used in the processing of the drugs, said Iv Thearith, deputy chief of Phnom Penh’s anti-drug unit.

“The four men might be charged [today], if the court is finished with them,” said Huy Song.

Ecstasy made in home drug-pro­duction labs in Cambodia is cheaper, at $5 to $7 for a pill, than the ecstasy that is made in foreign countries, such as Burma or the Netherlands, which costs from $12 to $20, said Iv Thearith.

“But some drug users have died from the poor quality of homemade ecstasy produced in Cambodia,” Iv Thearith added.


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