Cambodia seizes 1.5 tonnes of pot worth US$7 mil.
Cambodian police on Tuesday showed off a seizure of nearly 1.5 tonnes of marijuana worth more than US$7 million packed into coffee bags, part of an ongoing drug crackdown in the country.
General Khieu Samon, head of the interior ministry’s anti- drug office, said 1,487 kilograms of marijuana was seized on Friday in Phnom Penh during raids in which three Cambodians were arrested.
“The marijuana was packed into bags of Dao coffee, which was smuggled from neighboring Laos into Cambodia,” he told reporters during a press conference in which officers presented the drug haul, the suspects and seized equipment to the media.
Dao is a brand of Laos coffee popular in Cambodia.
“They planned to smuggle the marijuana to third countries where the price is high ... the seized marijuana is worth more than US$7 million in Western markets,” Khieu Samon added.
Around 1.5 kilograms of marijuana oil worth at least US$75,000 was also confiscated.