Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police arrest 4, seize 27 kgs of illegal drugs in Phnom Penh

Police arrest 4, seize 27 kgs of illegal drugs in Phnom Penh

Police display nearly 30 kilograms of illegal drugs during a news conference on Thursday in Phnom Penh.
Police display nearly 30 kilograms of illegal drugs during a news conference on Thursday in Phnom Penh. Pha Lina

Police arrest 4, seize 27 kgs of illegal drugs in Phnom Penh

Police seized 27 kilograms of crystal meth, heroin and ketamine, and arrested two Taiwanese nationals and two Cambodians in Phnom Penh last week, the Ministry of Interior announced during a Thursday news conference.

Lee Hong Yu and Xu Yao Feng, both Taiwanese, were arrested on April 7 along with Cambodians Chhor Bunchhay and Sam Kokchheang, said Loek Vannak, head of the anti-drug department at the Ministry of Interior. The Taiwanese men were in possession of crystal meth at the time of the arrest and lead police to other locations around Phnom Penh where drugs were stashed, Vannak said.

In total, police seized 18 kilograms of crystal meth, referred to as ‘ice’ in Cambodia, 217.8 grams of heroin and 8 kgs of ketamine at three different locations, the ministry said in a news release. Ketamine is a powerful anaesthetic which can cause hallucinations.

“The ice was imported from Laos,” Vannak said.

Sieng Sok, deputy prosecutor at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said the men were charged with drug trafficking, which carries a penalty of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

MOST VIEWED

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Defence minister reaffirms Kingdom’s staunch support for One-China policy

    Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh has reaffirmed Cambodia’s unwavering support for the One-China policy. Tea Banh was speaking at the September 20 ceremonial handover of 117 vehicles and other military equipment donated by China’s defence ministry, held at Phnom Chumreay International Military Training

  • Deaths due to ‘lifestyle’ diseases rise in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Health has called on people to pay closer attention to their health to protect themselves from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which it said have caused high rates of deaths in the country. Ministry secretary of state York Sambath made the call at a

  • Thai Senate delegates in Cambodia to discuss anti-graft co-op

    A delegation from Thailand's Senate was in Phnom Penh on September 28 to meet their Cambodian counterparts to discuss strategies for fighting corruption and enhancing cooperation. The Thai delegates were from its Senate’s Committee on Studying and Inspecting Corruption, Misconduct and Strengthening Good Governance. They