Chemical testing shows that
many of the 8,000 tablets discovered Monday in the office of Phnom Penh municipal anti-drug police chief Lieutenant Colonel Touch Muysor are amphetamines of high quality, the National Authority for Combating Drugs said yesterday.
Police said this week that Mr Muysor was suspended on Oct 9 and is under investigation, but has not been arrested despite the discovery in his office of the pills.
Following the Oct 2 arrest of National Police First Lieutenant Bun Pov, in whose home police said they found 18 kg of heroin and methamphetamine, Mr Muysor is the second anti-drug police agent this month to come under suspicion of drug trafficking.
National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said Wednesday that Mr Muysor is now off duty and the subject of an inquiry.
“Normally police are transferred every so often but Mr Touch Muysor was suspended from his work last week for a thorough investigation of this case,” Mr Chantharith said. “But he is not yet under arrest.”
Efforts to reach Mr Muysor this week were unsuccessful.
NACD Secretary-General Moek Dara said Wednesday that during Mr Muysor’s suspension he has been instructed to present himself to the Interior Ministry’s personnel department and account for the use of his time.
“Our government’s stance is to crack down on all drug activities in Cambodia,” he said. “There were 8,000 amphetamine tablets that were found inside Touch Muysor’s office by the internal security department police forces on Monday. Some pills are low quality but most are good quality, according to the test in our lab yesterday,” said Meas Vyrith, the NACD’s lab director.
Phnom Penh police chief Touch Naruth has installed deputy municipal anti-drug police chief Toek Kum to serve in Mr Muysor’s absence, police said. “I only heard that I am acting anti-drug police chief after Touch Muysor was suspended, but it is not yet official,” Toek Kum said yesterday.