Six More Foreigners Arrested in Drug Bust

Six Taiwanese nationals were arrested this weekend in connection to a record drug bust last week, a Tuol Kok district police official said Sunday.

Three men and two women were arrested Saturday in Cham­kar Mon district, and a fourth man was arrested Sunday in Meanchey district, he said. The suspects are connected to five arrests made last week, and police anticipate more arrests this week, he said.

Eleven Taiwanese nationals have been taken into custody since Wednes­day’s raid on a Tuol Kok district home, in which an estimated 40 kg of heroin and amphetamines were confiscated. Deputy Mun­icipal Police Chief Heng Pov said Friday that the heroin was worth $525,000 locally but had a street value of more than $10 million in the US.

The five arrested Sat­urday were taken into custody at a cafe in the center of Phnom Penh, The As­sociated Press re­ported.

All 11 suspects are being held in Tuol Kok, the official said.

The two women arrested Saturday are the wives of men who are also suspects and may not be in­volved in the drug trade, he said.

Searches of the Tuol Kok home on Wednesday and Thurs­day produced several guns, tablet-making machines and an array of laboratory equipment for narcotics production.

Heng Pov said Friday that the five suspects arrested Wednes­day have connections with the Chinese Mafia in Hong Kong.

“This is the biggest-ever anti-drug operation that municipal police have made,” he said.

Municipal Court prosecutor Sok Roeun said last week the suspects could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and fined up to 50 million riel (about $12,453).

The drugs likely came from the Golden Triangle region that borders Thailand, Laos and Burma, Heng Pov said.


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