S Korean Arrested by Interpol for Drug Smuggling

A South Korean man wanted by Interpol for drug smuggling was arrested in Siem Reap province on Sunday and is awaiting deportation to his home country, police said on Monday.

Deputy National Police chief Mok Chito said that Shin Jung-chul, 53, had been living in Cambodia for about a year but had only just been located in Siem Reap.

He said the South Korean was arrested after Interpol put out a Red Notice for him last month.

“He is the ringleader of a cross-border drug smuggling ring from Korea to other countries,” Lt. Gen. Chito said, although he declined to give details on the ring.

He said the suspect had been sent after his arrest to the Interior Ministry’s general department of immigration to await deportation.

Oum Amara, deputy Siem Reap  provincial police chief, confirmed that Mr. Shin had been arrested in Siem Reap’s Svay Dangkum commune.

“We arrested him based on Interpol’s Red Notice because he is involved with drug cases in his country,” he said.

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