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NACD reports 40 percent rise in drug busts

The National Authority for Combating Drugs yesterday reported a 40 percent increase in drug seizures last year compared to 2018. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50702464/nacd-reports-40-percent-rise-in-drug-busts/

National plan to strengthen gov’t anti-drug campaign

The National Strategic Development Plan 2019-2023 directs the authorities and relevant institutions to carry out effective prevention, crackdown and resolution of drug issues, and all commune authorities to be confident in dealing with drug problems in their areas. The directive was made during the drafting ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/national-plan-strengthen-govt-anti-drug-campaign

Working group on cross-border drug crimes to be formed

The National Authority for Combating Drug and its counterparts in partner countries are set to establish a joint working group to investigate and share information on cross-border drug crimes in the region. NACD vice chairman General Chuon Sovann on Tuesday led a delegation to attend a ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50642430/working-group-on-cross-border-drug-crimes-to-be-formed/

Police chief called on to curb protests in capital

Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng on Tuesday told the newly appointed municipal police chief to continue preventing protests and crimes of all kinds in the capital. Sar Thet, who maintains his position as deputy National Police chief, replaced Chuon Sovann who has been promoted as ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-chief-called-curb-protests-capital

Mixed results in Cambodia’s drug war: officials

Senior government figures yesterday noted major flaws in an ongoing drug crackdown, among them a lack of rehabilitation for incarcerated users, during a day-long review of the campaign yesterday. The government also proposed establishing five ill-defined “white villages” – or drug-free locations – on the ...

Niem Chheng and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mixed-results-cambodias-drug-war-officials

Drug mule arrested at airport with ‘cocaine in stomach’

Cambodian authorities last week arrested an alleged drug mule attempting to smuggle cocaine into the Kingdom by hiding it in his stomach. 
South African national Blignaut Chan, 26, was seized on September 13 at Phnom Penh International Airport in a joint operation between the National ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/drug-mule-arrested-airport-cocaine-stomach

Probe leads to 8kg drug bust

After months of investigation, anti-drug officials with the Ministry of Interior cooperated with police forces in three Phnom Penh districts to arrest four suspected drug traffickers, seizing 8 kilograms of drugs on Saturday, according to the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD). ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/probe-leads-8kg-drug-bust

Vietnam to aid border drugs battle

Cambodia and Vietnam vowed to boost cooperation to prevent cross-border drug trafficking during the nations’ annual meeting yesterday. Lieutenant General Mak Chito, deputy National Police commissioner in charge of drug crimes, and Ngo Thai Dung, director of Drug Crime Prevention at the Vietnamese Defence Ministry, met ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5080575/vietnam-aid-border-drugs-battle/

Gov’t to continue drug crackdown with nearly $1m budget

Prime Minister Hun Sen has authorized a six-month extension of the government’s anti-drug campaign, an anti-drug authority official said on Thursday. ...

Phan Soumy and Matt Surrusco
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-to-continue-drug-crackdown-with-nearly-1m-budget-132497/

Police request over $500k to reward drug-busting officers

The National Police has requested more than $500,000 from the Interior Ministry to fund bonuses for police officers involved in confiscating illegal drugs, officials said on Tuesday. ...

Han Soumy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/police-request-500k-reward-drug-busting-officers-132140/

Government hopes to extend controversial drug war

National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) President Ke Kim Yan announced his intention to extend Cambodia’s anti-drug campaign yesterday, nearly six months and more than 8,000 arrests since the controversial crackdown began. ...

Kong Meta and Martin de Bourmont
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-hopes-extend-controversial-drug-war

Rise in meth use, trafficking spur cross-border drug plan

Faced with an ongoing rise in drug trafficking and use, especially of methamphetamines, Cambodia and the other five Greater Mekong Subregion countries have joined forces to try and stem the narcotics tide. Cambodia was also among four countries where drug-making laboratories were found, Mr. Douglas ...

Phan Soumy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/rise-in-meth-use-trafficking-spur-cross-border-drug-plan-129466/

New five-point plan to tackle drug slum

The government has announced a new action plan to deal with the drug problem in Trapaing Chhouk, a slum in the capital’s Sen Sok district that has been an open market for drug use and distribution for over a decade.    ...

Niem Chheng and Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-five-point-plan-tackle-drug-slum

Drug busts up in 2015: ministry

The Interior Ministry yesterday called for Beijing’s cooperation in tackling a ring of Chinese methamphetamine traffickers operating in Cambodia, one day after an annual Interior Ministry report announced that the number of drug busts in 2015 had more than doubled compared to 2014. ...

Kong Meta and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/drug-busts-2015-ministry

Amendments to drug law coming, if slowly

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng said yesterday that his decision regarding a request from the National Police to amend the drug law will depend on the results of a study by the National Authority for Combating Drugs on drug addicts currently serving ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/20919/amendments-to-drug-law-coming--if-slowly/

Cops handcuffed by seizure rules, sentencing: chief

Police officials yesterday called for tougher sentencing of drug dealers and for the government to make it “easier and faster [for police] to seize their property”, as the Interior Ministry’s annual drugs conference wrapped in the capital. ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cops-handcuffed-seizure-rules-sentencing-chief

Official details kingdom's drug problems

The nation’s drug czar yesterday described a prison and rehab centre system in which drugs were being sold under the noses of the authorities and suggested police estimates of the number of drug users in Cambodia were “not enough” as he spoke at the Interior ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/official-details-kingdoms-drug-problems

Drug seizures triple in 2015

The number of people arrested on drug-related charges in Cambodia more than doubled last year, according to a report by the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD). About 7,000 people were arrested last year, compared to just 3,142 in 2014, an increase that authorities are ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/20866/drug-seizures-triple-in-2015/

Gov’t pushing for softer touch on drug rehab programs

The Kingdom’s much-maligned drug rehabilitation programs may be getting a facelift, thanks to a new government-led push towards ‘community-based treatment’, according to officials and NGOs working in the sector.  ...

James Reddick and Tin Sokhavuth
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/18445/gov---t-pushing-for-softer-touch-on-drug-rehab-programs/

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