Cambodia arrests woman for disguising cocaine as candies

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Phnom Penh, March 31 (IANS) A Thai woman was arrested at Cambodia’s Phnom Penh International Airport for carrying about 2.6 kg of cocaine disguised as candies stuffed in chocolate cans, authorities said on Thursday.

The woman arrived in Phnom Penh via Qatar Airways flight QR970 from Doha late Wednesday, the airport authorities said.

Cambodia has no death sentence for drug traffickers. Under its law, a person who traffics more than 80 grams of drug will face life imprisonment, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Southeast Asian country saw a sharp rise in drug arrests in 2015.

According to the National Authority for Combating Drugs, about 7,008 drug suspects had been caught last year with the seizures of some 1,620 kg of drugs including marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy and methamphetamine.

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