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Cousins held for drug trafficking

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The two cousins allegedly attempted to sell 4kg of methamphetamine and ecstasy. Police

Cousins held for drug trafficking

The Stung Treng Provincial Court prosecutor is questioning two suspects arrested for attempting to sell 4kg of methamphetamine and ecstasy.

Police arrested one of the suspects on Saturday and the other on Sunday in Stung Treng town’s Srah Russey commune.

Court spokesman Chhum Seang Hak identified the suspects as In Tha, 47, and Vann Phou, 27.

“We sent the case to the prosecutor for questioning. They have yet to be charged. I think there will be an official charge announced on Tuesday,” he said.

Provincial anti-drug bureau chief Chem Phanith said the two are cousins.

“After questioning, we are now trying to identify more people involved in this case. The people behind the drugs are in Laos, so it’s hard for us to arrest them. We may ask for cooperation from Laos.”

Phou was arrested on Saturday near the Trapeang Kriel international checkpoint.

According to a National Police report released on Monday, police arrested 23 suspects including a woman in 14 drug cases on Sunday. The arrests were made in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Battambang, Kampong Speu, Kratie and Takeo.

Among the 23 suspects, 13 are accused of selling drugs and 10 are users. Police confiscated 49 small packages of methamphetamine and 9.42kg of ketamine.

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