Cambodia arrests two South Koreans for smuggling 2.27kg narcotics at main airport


PHNOM PENH (Xinhua): Cambodian customs police at the Phnom Penh International Airport have arrested two South Korean nationals for an attempt to smuggle 2.27kg narcotics to South Korea.

The duo, a man and woman, were caught Sunday night while they checked in for a ZA215 flight bound for Seoul, the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia said in a news release on Monday.

"In their body searches, our customs officials found many packs of drugs wrapped around their waists," the news release said. "As a result, some 1.29kg of crystal methamphetamine and 0.98 kg of ketamine were seized from the two suspects' possession."

The South-East Asian country has no death sentence for a drug trafficker. Under its law, someone found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of illicit drugs could be jailed for life.

According to the country's Anti-Drug Department (ADP), Cambodia nabbed 3,899 drug-related suspects, including 106 foreigners, in 1,659 cases from Jan. 1 to March 3, 2024, confiscating a total of 2.79 tons of narcotics.

Most of the seized drugs were ketamine, crystal methamphetamine, methamphetamine tablets, heroin, ecstasy, and cocaine. - Xinhua

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