Taiwanese Man Busted With Heroin at Airport

A Taiwanese national was ar­res­ted at Phnom Penh International Air­port on Friday morning, ac­cused of concealing 2.2 kg of heroin under his clothes, police and airport officials said Monday.

The 25-year-old man was arrested while attempting to board a flight to Taiwan, airport police Chief Chay Bunna said.

He was transferred to the custody of the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Drug Department and will be ar­raigned today, Deputy Anti-Drug Police Chief Long Vicheat said.

Another anti-drug official who spoke on the condition of anon­y­mi­ty said that the suspect confessed to buying the heroin in Phnom Penh.

“We hope Cambodia will throw the book at [the suspect] as a de­terrent to others trying the same thing,” said Graham Shaw of the US Of­fice on Drugs and Crime.

Commenting on the spate of Tai­­wanese nationals caught at­tempting to export small amounts of heroin through Phnom Penh In­ternational Airport in recent years, Shaw said that the suspect is likely a courier working for a larger network.

“As a layperson it strikes me that [there is] some kind of organized trafficking activity linking Cambodia to Taiwan. There’s something going on, but we don’t know what it is,” he said.



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