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Cambodia arrests 2 alleged drug traffickers, seizing 7.8 kg of narcotics

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's anti-drug police have arrested two local men for allegedly possessing and trafficking illicit drugs, confiscating 7.8 kg of narcotics, the National Police reported on Saturday.

The two suspects were apprehended during a raid on three locations in Phnom Penh's Boeung Keng Kang and Meanchey districts early Friday after an investigation for months.

"A total of 7.8 kg of drugs, including 7.51 kg of ecstasy (MDMA) and 0.29 kg of ketamine, were seized from the suspects during the crackdown," the National Police said on its website.

The Southeast Asian country has no death sentence for a drug trafficker. Under its law, those found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of illicit drugs could be jailed for life.

According to the Anti-Drug Police Department (ADP), Cambodia nabbed 10,545 drug suspects, including 154 foreigners, during the January-August period of 2022, seizing a total of 6.11 tons of narcotics.