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2 Foreigners Arrested for Cross-Border Trafficking in Cambodia

  • Drug found by Cambodia's police. Jun. 23, 2023.

    Drug found by Cambodia's police. Jun. 23, 2023. | Photo: Twitter/@KhmerTimes

Published 23 June 2023

"...both were arrested at the Phnom Penh International Airport..."

On Friday, Cambodia’s Anti-Drug Police Department (ADP) reported the arrest of two foreigners for trafficking 1.59 kg of cocaine across borders.


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According to the ADP report, the suspects are identified as Knights Joel Isiah, a Trinidad and Tobago man, and Arthan Thatsanee, a Thai woman;

Both foreigners were arrested at the Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday.

The ADP also stated that Isiah had smuggled the drug hidden in a suitcase from Brazil's São Paulo through Dubai and Malaysia before arriving in Phnom Penh.

The report also shows that Thatsanee planned to pick up the drug from Isiah in order to smuggle it into Thailand.

According to the ADP, Cambodia nabbed 7,230 drug-related suspects, including 136 foreigners, during the January-May period of 2023, seizing nearly 785 kg of narcotics.

Most of seized drugs are ketamine, crystal meth, methamphetamine pills, heroin, ecstasy and cocaine.

Under Cambodia’s law, someone found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of illicit drugs could be jailed for life.

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