Soldiers, Police Arrested for Drug Trafficking

A total of six soldiers, military police and police were arrested in Cambodia and Thailand on Monday for their alleged involvement in two separate drug trafficking cases, according to police.

Interior Ministry anti-drug police chief Khieu Samon said his officers arrested five soldiers and military police in Phnom Penh on Monday night and were searching for more.

“We arrested them and confiscated half a kilogram of [crystal] methamphetamine last night,” he said. “Now our anti-drug police are searching for some of their partners…. The five are in our custody at the Ministry of Interior and will be sent to the court tomorrow.”

Mr. Samon declined to comment further.

In a separate case, a Kamrieng district police officer from Battambang province, Sao Chanthy, was arrested on Monday across the border in Thailand, where local police allegedly found him hiding nearly 3,000 methamphetamine pills inside several pairs of shoes, said Prak Samdara, deputy police chief at the Doung International Border Checkpoint.

“According to a report the Thai anti-drug police sent our border police, Mr. Chanthy was hiding the methamphetamine pills inside of shoes and he was arrested while traveling in a taxi,” he said.

“Mr. Chanthy is with the Thai anti-drug police in Chanthaburi province,” he added. “We don’t know what is going on with him…. His fate with the Thai court is serious because it occurred in Thailand.”

Drug offenses can be punishable by death in Thailand.

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