Some 66 Illicit Drug Offenders Arrested on First Day of Anti-Drug Campaign

Cambodian competent authorities cracked down on 23 cases of illicit drugs and arrested some 66 offenders, of them 8 are women, on Jan. 1, 2017, the first day of the Ministry of Interior's six-month Anti-Drug Campaign in the country's 11 municipality and provinces.

The figures were reported here yesterday by Gen. H.E. KeatChantharith, Spokesperson for the General Commissariat of National Police during the meeting of the first Anti-Drug Campaign Secretariat, under the presidency of Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior SamdechKralahomSarKheng.

Of the offenders, 47 are drug traffickers, three drug processing offenders, and 16 drug users, Gen. H.E. KeatChantharith said, adding that the seized drugs included 28 ICE packages and 28 WY tablets.

The 11 municipality and provinces are Phnom Penh and the provinces of Battambang, Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Kandal, SvayRieng, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, BanteayMeanchey and Rattanakiri.

National Police Commissioner General NethSavoeun said recently that in 2016 competent authorities cracked down on 4,191 drug cases, arresting some 9,800 suspects and seizing over 175 kilogrammes of drugs.

There are currently about 18,554 drug addicts in Cambodia, according to General NethSavoeun.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press