PHNOM PENH: 17 Khmer and 14 Chinese people remain in custody out of the 312 arrested after the drugs raid on Rock Entertainment Center. The Chinese nationals are being dealt with by the Ministry of Interior’s immigration department.
The quantity of drugs seized in the raid has varied, but is now believed to be between 40-50kg and included methamphetamine, MDMA, ketamine and heroin.
The main players are still unidentified, and the fate of those still detained will be decided by the Court of First Instance on February 27.
However, questions are raised on how almost 300 people, most of whom were tested positive for drug use or were found with a small quantity of narcotics were allowed to go free.
Street users and small dealers are often jailed for a long time for similar offences, or made to pay large sums of money to stay out of prison. Again, local media complain, it seems to be a law for the rich and a law for the poor when it comes to the war on drugs.
Meanwill Rock Entertainment Center, which has seen major drugs and weapons busts and shootings in previous months remains closed and owner, Oknha Kith Thien has made no public comment.
Photos and figures from: https://kohsantepheapdaily.com.kh/article/798463.html