Cambodian authorities have charged a Taiwanese man with allegedly trying to smuggle 2.2 kilograms (4.85 pounds) of heroin out of the country, officials said Monday.
Cho Shih Jie, 25, was arrested at Phnom Penh International airport Friday after checking in to board a plane, said prosecutor Nget Sarath, adding that he did not know the flight’s destination.
Police searched Cho Shih Jie and found several packs of heroin under his pants and strapped to his legs.
The suspect faces a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of 50 million riel (US$12,500; Ã‚â‚¬9,724) if found guilty.
Cambodia is not a major drug producer, but is becoming a transit point for heroin from the nearby Golden Triangle, a region where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet that is known for heroin production.