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Cambodian police arrest three over drug trafficking, seize 21kg heroin

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Cambodia’s anti-drug police have arrested three people over drug trafficking and seized some 21.1 kilogrammes (kg) heroin in recent operations, the Anti-Drug Police Department (ADP) said in a news release yesterday.

The police arrested one man and two women on March 16 in capital Phnom Penh and in the southern Kandal province respectively.

“A total of 21.1kg of heroin as well as a pistol and a car were seized from the suspects during the raids,” the ADP said. Cambodia has no death sentence for drug traffickers. Under its law, someone found guilty of trafficking over 80 grammes of illicit drugs could be imprisoned for life.

According to the ADP, in 2021, the authorities nabbed a total of 13,765 drug suspects in 6,242 cases across the Southeast Asian country, seizing 4.43 tonnes of illicit drugs, mostly crystal methamphetamine (ice), heroin and Ecstasy.

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