Cambodian police arrest Thai man, seize nearly 20 kg of drugs

Added On August 3, 2016

 PHNOM PENH, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian police have arrested a Thai national in Phnom Penh's Sen Sok district on suspicion of trafficking nearly 20 kg of drugs, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.

Gen. Mok Chito, deputy supreme commissioner of the National Police, said that Chaiyapong Phisaiphan, 52, was arrested in Phnom Penh on Monday evening while transporting drugs and seized nearly 20 kg of drugs in total.

The confiscated drugs included 9 kg of crystal methamphetamine, 0.66 kg of heroin, and 52,000 methamphetamine pills, he said.

"This is a big drug trafficking case that the National Police's Anti-Drug Department has cracked down," he said.

Cambodia has no death sentence for drug traffickers. Under its law, a person who traffics more than 80 grams of drug will be facing life imprisonment.

The Southeast Asian country saw a sharp rise in drug arrests in the first half of 2016. According to the National Authority for Combating Drugs, some 5,266 drug suspects were caught during the January-June period this year in 2,158 cases.