Separate Phnom Penh Drug Busts Lead to Nine Arrests

Nine people, including three suspected drug dealers, were arrested in two separate raids in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district over the weekend, a police official said Monday.

Iv Thearith, deputy chief of the municipal anti-drug police, said the raids were carried out in Toek Thla commune’s Trapaing Chhuok village, a slum notorious for drugs, and Khmuonh commune.

“In total, we arrested nine people in relation to ‘ice,’” he said, referring to crystal methamphetamine.

“We ordered our police investigators to raid the area [Trapaing Chhuok village] because it is anarchy there.”

Mr. Thearith said seven men in their 20s—one drug dealer and six users—were arrested in the village on Sunday, while two more dealers, a woman and a man both between the ages of 20 and 30, were arrested in Khmuonh commune on Saturday.

According to Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of the National Authority on Combating Drugs, police across the country handled a total of 1,100 drug-related cases last year, compared to 889 in 2013.

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