Cambodia: Man arrested with over 48kg of illicit drugs; Covid-19 case in quarantine centre

PHNOM PENH, Nov 23 (Xinhua): Cambodian authorities have arrested a 35-year-old local man for allegedly trafficking more than 48kg of illicit drugs on Sunday (Nov 22), the National Police reported on Monday.

The suspect was first arrested on Wednesday (Nov 18) near a gas station in the capital Phnom Penh's Sen Sok district with 100grams of crystal methamphetamine and after being questioned, he confessed to having hidden a large amount of drugs in his rental room on Sunday (Nov 22).

"The police raided his rental room in Phnom Penh's Pursenchey district on Thursday and seized a total of 48.1kg of drugs including 47.7kg of crystal methamphetamine, 302 grammes of ecstasy, and 77 grammes of nimetazepam," the National Police said on its website. The street worth of these drugs is more than US$2mil.

The suspect, along with the drug, had been sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for prosecution.

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

According to the Anti-Drug Police Department, the kingdom nabbed 15,770 drug suspects, including 224 foreigners, during the January-September period this year, confiscating some 702 kilogrammes of drugs.

Meanwhile, a Cambodian man tested positive for the Covid-19 after having been in a quarantine center for nearly four weeks since he returned from Japan, Ministry of Health (MoH) spokeswoman Or Vandine said in a statement.

The 27-year-old man arrived in the capital Phnom Penh on Oct. 26 from Japan via a connecting flight in South Korea, she said, adding that the man had been placed in a quarantine center in the capital since then after four passengers on the same flight had tested positive for the virus on Oct. 27 and Nov. 8.

"On the 13th day of quarantine, the man's samples were taken for the fourth test and the result showed (on Saturday) that he turned out to be positive for Covid-19," she said. "Currently, the patient is undergoing treatment at the Chak Angre Health Centre in southern Phnom Penh."

Now, the kingdom has 11 active cases being treated.

The Southeast Asian country has so far recorded a total of 306 confirmed Covid-19 cases, Vandine said, adding that none have died and 295 have recovered. - Xinhua
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