Monday, 07 March 2011 15:02 Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
At least 12 people were arrested last week in connection with drug trafficking and drug abuse charges, after 40 packages of methamphetamine were confiscated in separate drug busts across Phnom Penh.
Those arrested include two garbage collectors in Boeung Kak II commune in Tuol Kork district on Friday; two people at Trapeang Chhouk village in Sen Sok district on Friday; five people in Daun Penh’s Srah Chak and Chaktomuk communes on Saturday; and another three people in Russei Keo district on Saturday, according to Phnom Penh deputy police chief Pen Rath.
He added that additional arrests had been made but could not confirm the numbers yesterday.
“These people were arrested during our police raids in Phnom Penh,” he said.
“They were arrested while they were using and possessing drugs,” he said.
He added that they had all been sent to court to face charges yesterday.
Since Phnom Penh Municipal Police had taken stricter actions and measures from early January to late February of this year, a total of 123 drug cases had been uncovered, in which 259 people were arrested and charged in connection with drug trafficking and drug abuse in Phnom Penh.
“Our police are now working very hard and actively to combat and crack down on all kinds of drug trafficking and drug abuses in Phnom Penh.
“We hope that with our hard work, strong commitment and good cooperation from people, we will be able to reduce the number of drug abuse and drug trafficking crimes as well as to provide harmony, healthcare, safety and prosperity for our people in the future,” Pen Rath said.