Wednesday, June 8, 2011

RCAF official on drug charges

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

A MAJOR in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and his girlfriend were charged with drug trafficking offences in Preah Sihanouk province on Saturday, provincial officials said yesterday.

Provincial deputy police chief Chor Heng said that Major Eng Sopharoath, 26, and his 23-year-old girlfriend were arrested on Thursday in Mittapheap district’s Mittapheap commune in connection with drug trafficking activities.

“[Eng Sopharoath] was arrested while he was driving,” he said, adding that Eng Sopharoath had served with the Boundary Land Unit at General Command Headquarters in Phnom Penh.

“This RCAF major and his girlfriend carried drugs from Phnom Penh to sell in Preah Sihanouk province,” he alleged.

Chor Heng said that police had confiscated Eng Sopharoath’s car along with 0.6 grams of yama pills and other drug-related materials.

“They are now being detained at the provincial court for trial,” he said, adding that if found guilty the pair would face at least three years in prison.

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