Cambodia destroys millions of dollars worth of seized narcotics, precursor chemicals


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PHNOM PENH: Cambodia on Friday (June 14) destroyed multi-million US dollars worth of narcotics and precursor chemicals seized from across the country, officials said, reported Xinhua.

Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, set fire to the illicit drugs and precursor chemicals at a ceremony held at an incinerator on the northern outskirts of the capital Phnom Penh.

He said the drug destruction was made to celebrate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is observed annually on June 26.

"A total of 4.1 tonnes of illicit drugs, with a trafficking market value of about US$22.7 million, was burned in this event," he told reporters.

"With this amount of illicit drugs, if sold to users, they cost between US$67 and US$68 million."

"This amount of seized drugs, if not confiscated, would adversely affect millions of people," Vyrith said.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court's prosecutor Chreng Khmao said those destroyed drugs included heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, ketamine, nimetazepam, cocaine and dry marijuana.

Besides the drugs, a total of 3.25 tonnes of precursor chemicals was also burned down at the event, he said.

According to the Anti-Drug Police Department, Cambodia nabbed 9,369 drug-related suspects, including 324 foreigners, during the January-May period of 2024, seizing a total of 4.71 tonnes of narcotics.

The kingdom has no death sentence for drug traffickers. Under its law, someone found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grammes of drugs could be jailed for life. - Bernama-Xinhua

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