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Cambodia seizes nearly 32 kg of illicit drugs

PHNOM PENH, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Military police in northwest Cambodia's Battambang province have arrested an alleged drug trafficker, seizing almost 32 kg of illicit drugs, the Battambang Gendarmerie said in a news release on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old local suspect was apprehended on Monday afternoon in Battambang provincial town after a thorough probe for several months.

The Southeast Asian country 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 Anti-Drug Police Department, 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 the seized drugs are ketamine, crystal meth, methamphetamine pills, heroin, ecstasy, and cocaine.