Taiwanese Men Arrested With 500 Grams of Heroin at Airport

Phnom Penh International Air­port police Saturday morning ar­rested two Taiwanese men alleg­edly attempting to smuggle nearly half a kilogram of heroin to Taipei, according to police.

Liu Kuo Wen, 40, and Lin Yung Chun, 24, were arrested when her­oin was found in condoms tied to their thighs, said Chuor Kimny, police chief of the Phnom Penh In­ter­­national Airport.

Customs officials decided to search the two men because they looked suspicious as they went through the airport security, said Theam Chansotha, assistant customs chief at the airport.

Chuor Kimny said officials confiscated more than 247 grams of heroin from Liu and 223 grams of heroin from Lin.

“It won’t be the last [drug arrest] before the end the year,” he said.

Cambodian customs officers are keeping a close watch on people flying to or from Hong Kong, Taipei and Malaysia because most of the people ar­rested for drug smug­gling were traveling to those destinations, he said.

Both officials said the suspects are now in the custody of the Inter­ior Ministry’s anti-drug police.

“We are continuing to investigate to find out the [drug] ring dealers, which we suspect are in Phnom Penh,” said Interior Min­is­try anti-drug police chief Moek Dara.

The two men would be sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today.

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