Nigerian And Romanian Arrested For Drug-trafficking In Cambodia – Khmer Times

19 Aug

Two foreign nationals – a Romanian and
a Nigerian – will be sent to Phnom Penh
Municipal Court today on charges of
drug trafficking after police alleged the
pair tried to enter the country with
more than five kilograms of cocaine
from Brazil.
Lieutenant General Mok Chito, deputy
chief of the National Police’s anti-drug
commission, said 35-year-old Romanian
national Varadi Adrian Calin was
detained at Phnom Penh International
Airport after disembarking from a flight
from Brazil. Officials found 4,961.69
grams of Colombian cocaine in his bags.
After interrogating him, police searched
for and arrested Chukwue Meka, 35,
who they say was in charge of smuggling
the cocaine from Cambodia to Thailand.
Lt. Gen. Chito said his office worked
with the US Drug Enforcement
Administration to catch the two men
before the drugs could be transported
to another country.
“We were informed from an
international organization that there
was a suspect involved in drug
trafficking who departed from Brazil and
was coming to Cambodia,” he said.
“We seized almost five kilograms of
cocaine,” Lt. Gen. Chito added. “This
drug was transported from Brazil and
the traffickers would use Cambodia as a
transit country, before being sent to
Thailand. The cocaine is from
Lt. Gen. Chito said the ringleader of the
operation is still in Brazil, and police
were looking for other people who may
be involved in the drug ring. Both men
will be sent to court today.
Cambodia is often used as a transit
point for drug traffickers in Asia due to
its less-than-stringent airport checks
compared with other countries. In late
March, a 22-year-old Thai woman flying
from Qatar was found with 2.6
kilograms of cocaine hidden in a
chocolate container.
Another Thai man was caught
transporting three kilograms of
methamphetamine from Laos to
Trapaing Chhouk village in Phnom Penh
last Tuesday. After raiding his home in
Sen Sok’s Phnom Penh Thmey
commune, police seized two 660-gram
packages of heroin, nine packets of
methamphetamine weighing six
kilograms, 52,000 speed tablets
weighing about 10 kilograms and two
luxury cars.
In all, police seized about 20 kilograms
of drugs from the man, who claimed he
had smuggled most of it from Laos
earlier this year.

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