Police Arrest Four Smuggling Crystal Meth From Laos

Police arrested four men in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district on Sunday on suspicion of smuggling drugs from Laos, confiscating more than half a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine in the bust, officials said Monday.

Sann Sothy, deputy chief of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug bureau, said that police followed the four suspects for most of Sunday, before arresting them at about 5 p.m. in front of a gas station on National Road 1 and seizing 784 grams of the drug.

“We have spent three days [on this case], since we got news from our anti-drug police at the Cambodia-Laos border and learned their identities,” he said.

According to Mr. Sothy, the group was identified by police at the border in Stung Treng province as being possible members of a new drug smuggling ring between Laos and Phnom Penh.

Mr. Sothy said that one of the arrested men was released, while three others—Suon Lenin, 34; Lun Sopha, 49; and Muth Thim, 38—will be sent today to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to face charges.

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