Prey Sar inmates tested for drugs as part of crackdown

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Prey Sar inmates tested for drugs as part of crackdown

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Not only are the police and military being drug-tested in the government crackdown against drugs; prisoners are also being submitted to urine tests...

Inmate drug testing launches
Tue, 24 January 2017
Yesenia Amaro

More than 4,000 inmates at Prey Sar prison have been tested for drugs in the week since testing began in what will soon be a nationwide effort, with 23 testing positive for methamphetamine, according to prisons officials.

The universal testing initiative comes amid a national war on drugs launched on January 1, and after the exposure last year of drug dealing networks operating out of prisons, and the establishment of a committee tasked with investigating drug trafficking on the inside.

Nouth Savna, spokesman and deputy director-general for the Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Prisons, said the testing was part of the push to “combat drugs across the country”, adding that the testing is still ongoing.

Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, said inmates at Prey Sar began getting tested last Monday, and that all inmates in the country will eventually be tested with a rapid-result urine test.

Savna said officials were still working to determine where the 23 inmates got their meth but said there are three ways that drugs can land in prisons: visitors, which he characterised as the most popular means of trafficking; throwing substances over the prisons’ fences; and prison guards smuggling them in.

Vyrith maintained the inmates who tested positive for meth got the drugs from relatives who came to visit them..
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