Cambodia burns 2.36 tonnes of drugs on anti-drug day

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) – Cambodia burned 2.36 tonnes of drugs and illegal substances yesterday to mark the International Day against Drug, officials said.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng set fire on the drugs at a ceremony at the Diamond Island in Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s Prosecutor Keo Sothea said at the event that the burned drugs included 420kg of illicit drugs and 1.94 tonnes of illegal substances and ingredients used for drug manufacturing.

He said the drugs were seized from criminals between June 2017 and June 2018.

Secretary-General of the National Authority for Combating Drugs Meas Vyrith said the burning of the drugs showed the government’s strong commitment to fighting against all types of illicit drugs.

“The burned drugs include heroin, methamphetamine, amphetamine, ecstasy and ketamine, among others,” he said.

Vyrith said during the January-May period of this year, the authorities had arrested 7,097 drug suspects in 3,335 cases and confiscated about 310kg of drugs.

It is estimated that Cambodia had about 20,000 drug addicts as of 2018, and 8,399 of them had received drug quit treatment, he said.

Cambodian Minister of Interior Sar Kheng and officials burn drugs during a destruction ceremony to mark the UN’s ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ in Phnom Penh yesterday. – AFP