Police Make Big Drug Bust in Poipet City

Military police arrested two men in Poipet City on Monday for drug possession and confiscated more than 17,000 methamphetamine pills from them, according to Banteay Meanchey provincial military police commander Ork Borin.

Cambodian nationals Chhuon Vuthy, 31, and Thai Chantha, 35, who had been under surveillance for several months, were arrested at 10 a.m. following a raid at Mr. Vuthy’s home, said Brigadier General Borin.

Police seized 17,523 methamphetamine pills and 3.51 grams of crystal methamphetamine, the biggest drug bust of the year in the province.

“It is the biggest quantity of drugs our military police in Banteay Meanchey have confiscated this year,” he said.

During questioning by police, the suspects said that most of the drugs were smuggled into the country from Laos and destined for markets in Thailand and Poipet City, Mr. Borin said.

The two ringleaders of the smuggling ring, whose identities are known by police, are still at large, he added.

The suspects were detained at the provincial military police station and are waiting to be sent to court Tuesday.

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