GNC: Youths ‘forced’ into drugs

NGO Good Neighbours Cambodia (GNC) has released a report which said that 3.4 per cent of youths had tried drugs and another 4.9 per cent were enticed or forced into using narcotics by friends and neighbours. GNC said a survey of 283 youths from 13 ...

Khorn Savi

Interior Minister says Preah Sihanouk boom could hit sea’s health

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday claimed the recent influx of Chinese visitors to Preah Sihanouk province was raising concerns over the condition of ecosystems on the Kingdom’s coast. Speaking during a ceremony to appoint leaders to posts at both the National Authority for Combating ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Rehab programme to be tested in Cambodia

A community-based treatment programme for drug users – which has reduced costs, rates of relapse and drug-user related crimes in trials in China – is set to be piloted in two Phnom Penh communes from December, stakeholders said yesterday. Community-based treatment has long been advocated ...

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon

Thousands more drug arrests

About 5,000 people have been arrested for drug use and trafficking since July in the second phase of an ongoing controversial drug crackdown, bringing the total number of arrestees this year to almost 13,700 people. ...

Niem Chheng and Leonie Kijewski

Two provisionally charged over 60 kg drug trafficking bust

Two men were provisionally charged on Sunday with trafficking and storing drugs after they were arrested last week during drug raids in Phnom Penh and Ratanakkiri province in which more than 60 kg of packaged heroin and crystal methamphetamine were confiscated by police, officials said.​ ...

Phan Soumy

Mekong states sign on to UN policy on drugs

With the Kingdom in the middle of a controversial “war on drugs”, six Mekong countries agreed yesterday to adopt a regional drug policy that puts health care first, and mandates police and judicial cooperation. ...

Andrew Nachemson

Cambodia set to join mekong region anti-narcotics force

Cambodia is planning to join the regional anti-drug-trafficking operation Safe Mekong, which aims to stem the flow of illegal narcotics through the notorious “Golden Triangle” area, after Thailand and Laos announced they had asked for Cambodia and Vietnam to be involved. ...

Simon Henderson

Official believes tip-off helped drug kingpin escape dragnet

After one of the alleged leaders of a busted mufti-milliondollar international drug smuggling ring slipped through a police dragnet in Stung Treng province on Tuesday, an anti-drug official said an information leak likely helped the man escape. ...

Saing Soenthrith and Chris Mueller

Cambodia cracks down on 858 drug cases, arrests 1,937 people in 11 months

The Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police department has cracked down on 858 drug-related cases in the first eleven months of this year, up 28 percent over the same period last year, Cambodian National Police said on its website Tuesday.​​ ...

Global Post News Staff

Cambodia has some 13,000 drug addicts: anti-drug chief

About 13,000 people, aged between 18 and 35 years old, have been using drugs in Cambodia, up from roughly 7,000 users in 2007, Meas Vyrith, secretary general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD), said Wednesday. “It is estimated that a drug user spends about ...

Global Post News Staff

Cambodia’s young users

Injecting methamphetamines is on the rise in Cambodia, particularly among younger addicts, as recreational users have begun to switch from smoking and pill-popping to mainlining, a report by the Australian National Council on Drugs suggests. The report, released yesterday, details how amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and their ...

Daniel Pye

Former Anti-Drugs Chief Says He Is a Victim, Not a Criminal

At his appeal hearing yesterday, former anti-drug police chief Moek Dara railed against what he said was injustice of his incarceration for a slew of drug-related crimes, for which he continues to deny his guilt. Mr. Dara, former chief of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, ...

Cambodia Wants More Information on Taiwan's Heroin Haul

Police yesterday said they were seeking more information about a massive haul of heroin-allegedly transited through Cambodia-that was seized from a boat off the coast of Taiwan this week. The Taiwanese Justice Ministry’s Investigation Bureau says it found 70 kg of heroin hidden in a fishing ...

Former anti-drug czar’s appeal begins

Disgraced anti-drug czar Moek Dara’s appeal against his life sentence for convictions in 25 separate cases of bribery and masterminding a criminal enterprise began yesterday morning in Phnom Penh. Co-accused, former Ministry of Interior anti-drug police department chief Chea Leng also appeared at the Court of ...

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