|Officers conduct a search of the suitcase
Customs officers first noticed a suspicious looking black suitcase in possession of Cambodian passenger Miech Sreyneang at 14:50 on December 2.
Upon conducting a search of the suitcase, officers discovered five square-shaped packages which had been carefully wrapped and hidden under clothes within the case. Each of the packages was sent for testing and was confirmed to be synthetic drugs.
When questioned, the Cambodian national claimed that the suitcase belonged to a woman known as Ly Na, whom she first contacted via Facebook in October, adding that the pair had only met five times.
The relationship between the two changed when, on November 30, Ly Na learnt of Miech Sreyneang’s plan to take her son to Vietnam to receive treatment. This prompted her to give the Cambodian woman US$100 in return for bringing a suitcase into Vietnam and delivering it to a friend located in Ho Chi Minh City whom Ly Na had provided a mobile phone number for. Following the initial planning of the journey, Ly Na gave Miech Sreyneang the suitcase containing the drugs and two bus tickets to Vietnam on December 2.
Once in possession of the phone number of Ly Na’s friend, customs officers immediately called it, but the person denied knowledge of the suitcase before turning off the phone.
The case is currently under further investigation.