Cambodia seizes ecstasy haul worth millions of USD

Cambodian authorities recently seized nearly 100 kilogrammes of ecstasy worth millions of USD hidden in pet food boxes shipped from Germany.

Cambodia seizes ecstasy haul worth millions of USD

A Chinese national is being charged in connection with the record haul. The suspect, identified as Yao Zeye, was arrested on August 7 after coming to the Phnom Penh central post office to pick up the boxes, said the National Anti-Drug Authority (NADA).

Yao Zeye was charged last week with drug trafficking and faces up to life imprisonment if convicted. Police are looking for possible accomplices.

A total 98kg of MDMA pills - better known as ecstasy – was discovered in the shipment. It is the biggest bust of ecstasy in Cambodia.

Cambodia has taken a hard line on drugs in recent years in response to smugglers turning to the country as a transit point, particularly for heroin and methamphetamine.

Heavy sentences are passed down for drug trafficking, with hundreds arrested including senior officials and foreigners.

In last June, a court jailed a Belgian man for life after he was found guilty of smuggling a kilogramme of cocaine into the country.

The same month, authorities in a separate case seized 120kg of crystal methamphetamine smuggled from Laos.-VNA

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