Drug arrests in Cambodia up 20 pct in H1: report

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-01 15:22:21|Editor: huaxia

PHNOM PENH, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia had arrested 10,512 drug-related suspects in the first half of 2020, up 20 percent from 8,750 over the same period last year, said an Interior Ministry's anti-drug department report on Wednesday.

Some 138 of the suspects are foreigners with seven nationalities, the report said.

It added that the authorities had cracked down on a total of 5,340 cases involving illicit drugs during the January-June period this year, up 29.7 percent from 4,117 cases over the same period last year.

About 258 kg of drugs, 1,066 small packs of drugs, and 266 kg of dry marijuana had been confiscated from those suspects, the report said, adding that 17 rifles, seven pistols, 812 scales, 49 cars and 1,179 motorcycles had also been seized.

The Southeast Asian nation has no death sentence for drug traffickers. Under its law, someone found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of illicit drugs could be jailed for life. Enditem