Man Caught With Kilo of Meth Charged With Trafficking

A 33-year-old man caught on a Stung Treng provincial bridge with nearly a kilo of crystal methamphetamine was charged on Friday with drug trafficking, officials said.

Ky Sitha had planned to sell the drugs to two other men, but they ran beneath the bridge in Sesan district’s Sam Khuoy commune and got away during the Thursday morning bust, district police chief Tes Phealeap said on Friday.

The meth is “worth thousands of dollar because it’s nearly a kilogram,” he said.

Mr. Sitha, who police said had been under surveillance for a month, was sent to prison to await trial after being charged in the provincial court, said Sun Yeuth, the provincial prosecutor’s spokesman.

The other two men were being sought, and police are trying to determine the source of the drugs, Mr. Phealeap said.

“We cooperated with provincial police. They found out about the suspect’s plan to traffick drugs at O’klong bridge,” Mr. Phealeap said. “When we reached there, another two suspects ran away under bridge.”

Sat Nimol, a deputy provincial police chief in charge of anti-drug trafficking, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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