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Cambodia arrests 3 women, seizing 150 kg of illicit drugs: official

PHNOM PENH, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's anti-drug police have arrested three local women for allegedly trafficking illicit drugs, seizing a total of 150 kg narcotics, an official said on Sunday.

The trio were apprehended on Saturday during a raid in the capital Phnom Penh and its adjacent Kandal province.

"A total of 150 kg illicit drugs in four types as well as a car were confiscated from the three suspected women," the Interior Ministry's Secretary of State and spokesman Khieu Sopheak said in a report released to media.

He said police were currently hunting for their masterminds and accomplices.

Cambodia has no death sentence for a drug trafficker. Under its law, someone found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of illicit drugs could be jailed for life.

According to the Interior Ministry's anti-drug department, Cambodia nabbed 5,572 drug-related suspects, including 105 foreigners, during the January-April period of 2023, seizing a total of 361 kg narcotics.