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Smuggled croc skins seized

Takeo provincial military police yesterday seized 3,900 kilos of dried crocodile hides being smuggled into the country from Vietnam. Major Bun Sothy, Takeo provincial military police deputy commander, said the crocodile skins, worth about $24,000, were being smuggled into Koh Andet district from Vietnam’s An Giang ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50111833/smuggled-croc-skins-seized/

Vietnam timber smugglers given jail sentence

Seven Vietnamese nationals who are tied to a timber smuggling ring along with top Mondulkiri provincial officials were sentenced to one year in prison yesterday. ...

Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vietnam-timber-smugglers-given-jail-sentence

NGO report finds banned exports of logs to Vietnam still increasing

The ostensibly-outlawed export of logs to Vietnam increased in May, while the trade in sawn timber, also supposedly banned, remained substantial, new Vietnamese customs data shows. ...

Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-report-finds-banned-exports-logs-vietnam-still-increasing

Logging probe moved to capital

A high-profile investigation into corruption charges levelled against Mondulkiri police officials for colluding with Vietnamese timber traders has been transferred from the provincial court to Phnom Penh due to a lethargic investigation by local police, many of whom are involved in the case, a court ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/logging-probe-moved-capital

Police chief examining smuggling transferred

Mondulkiri’s provincial police chief has been removed from his post less than two weeks after he spearheaded an investigation into military and police officials accused of involvement in illegal timber smuggling to Vietnam. ...

Mech Dara and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-chief-examining-smuggling-transferred

Pig farmers ditch task force to monitor smuggling

A private sector task force set up by Cambodia’s pig farmers to monitor live swine imports and investigate reports of illicit smuggling has been disbanded after receiving a cold reception from government officials, the initiative’s leader said yesterday. ...

Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/pig-farmers-ditch-task-force-monitor-smuggling

Three brokers arrested for human smuggling

Three brokers were arrested last Friday after allegedly attempting to illegally smuggle nine Cambodians, including an infant, across the Thai border. Lured with promises of employment in Thailand, the group was attempting to illegally cross the border on motos when they were stopped by police ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/three-brokers-arrested-human-smuggling

Southwest border flooded with contraband

The southwestern areas along the Vietnam – Cambodia border are now in their usual busy time of the year, with smuggled goods entering the country with near impunity. Most of the markets in the Mekong Delta are flooded with various contraband products, mostly brought from China ...

http://tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/business/southwest-border-flooded-with-contraband-1.97203

Fake dollars stopped: cops

Three men arrested over a plan to smuggle millions of dollars worth of counterfeit US banknotes into Cambodia with the help of Thai criminals used the name of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s chief bodyguard to secure the deal, a provincial court heard yesterday. Pin Tipelo, 38, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012102359358/National-news/three-arrested-over-fake-dollars-smuggling-plan.html

Police Say RCAF Trying to Bury Fatal Crash With Cash

Military officials are attempting to squelch a potential lawsuit from relatives of three people killed Friday when Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) soldiers smuggling wood through Siem Reap province drove a military truck, donated by the U.S. government, into the family’s motorbike, police officials said. ...

Vietnamese Arrested With Illegal Wood Off Coast

Four Vietnamese nationals were arrested off the coast of Preah Sihanouk province Tuesday for allegedly smuggling illegally cut wood from the neighboring province of Koh Kong, officials said yesterday. Sak Sovann, crime unit chief for the Interior Ministry’s maritime border police department, said the four men ...

Court to Summon Witnesses in Journalist's Killing

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court will soon summon a number of people for questioning in its investigation into the brutal murder of journalist Hang Serei Odom earlier this month, a court official said yesterday. Former military police Captain An Bunheng and his wife, Sim Vy, were ...

Tobacco lost to smuggling, survey shows

Government data show that significant amounts of tobacco are being smuggled out of the country each year, health and economics experts said yesterday. A national tobacco survey from 2011, the exact numbers of which remain confidential, shows that more tobacco is produced in Cambodia than is ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012091958796/National-news/tobacco-lost-to-smuggling-survey-shows.html

Investigation delays final Dara hearing

The Phnom Penh Court of Appeal yesterday postponed the final hearing of disgraced anti-drug czar Moek Dara, Chea Leng and Morn Doeun until next month, citing a need for more time in light of last-minute investigations by the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court, a court official ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012091858764/National-news/investigation-delays-final-hearing-for-anti-drug-czar.html

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 ...

Medicine smugglers jailed

After being found guilty yesterday, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court handed four men prison sentences and fines for their involvement in a smuggling ring, which brought more than two and a half tonnes of illegal cold medicine into the Kingdom from South Korea. Both men ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032055129/National-news/medicine-smugglers-jailed.html

Police Confiscate Trucks Smuggling Thai Gasoline

Police in Siem Reap province said yesterday that they confiscated two trucks in Varin district Friday morning carrying 24,228 liters of gasoline believed to have been smuggled from Thailand. Soeun Sem, chief of the Siem Reap economic police, said that officers apprehended the two ...

Smuggled rosewood seized from soldiers

Forestry Administration officials yesterday said they confiscated 1.34 cubic meters of smuggled rosewood from RCAF soldiers even after a lieutenant colonel held a pistol to one of their heads in the hope of scaring them off. Tea Kimsoth, head of the administration’s Siem Reap cantonment, said ...

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