Thai woman and 6 Cambodians arrested for drug trafficking

'Ya ba' pills, which are a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine. Pic: Wikimedia Commons.
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Cambodian police have arrested a Thai woman and six Cambodians in northwestern Banteay Meanchey province on suspicion of trafficking 1.77 kg of illicit drugs, the National Police website reported on Friday.

Thai national Samruddhi Raumklang, 24, and her six Cambodian accomplices — four men and two women — were arrested on Thursday afternoon in Banteay Meanchey province, which shares border with Thailand, said Yin Panharith, head of an anti-drug team at the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Drug Department.

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“Some 0.98 kg of crystal methamphetamine and 0.79 kg of methamphetamine pills as well as a scale were confiscated during the raid,” he was quoted as saying by the National Police website.

Besides, two cars and a pistol with 98 bullets were also seized from the group, he added.

Cambodia has no death sentence for drug traffickers; under its law, a person who trafficks more than 80 grams of illicit drug will face a life imprisonment.

The Southeast Asian country launched a six-month anti-drug campaign on Jan. 1, 2017. According to an Interior Ministry report last week, the authorities had arrested 4,823 drug-related suspects in 2,065 cases in the first two months (January and February) of the campaign.

The report said the number of the drug arrests in the first two months was nearly a half of the total number of people arrested for drug-related offenses in 2016.

-Xinhua

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