Cambodian authorities recently seized nearly 100 kilogrammes of ecstasy worth millions of USD hidden in pet food boxes shipped from Germany (Photo: AFP)

 

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

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