British man and girlfriend jailed for drug dealing

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A British tourist and his Cambodian girlfriend were yesterday sentenced in Phnom Penh Municipal Court for drug trafficking.

Andrew John Solomon, 52, was jailed for three years and fined six million riel ($1,500), while Theang Sreyleak, 28, got two years and six months, plus a fine of four million riel. 

They were arrested on drug use and trafficking charges following a raid on their guesthouse room in October 2016, where police seized 40 grams of crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Ms Sreyleak admitted her guilt during their trial last week, but Mr Solomon denied the allegations.

Ms Sreyleak said she was living with Mr Solomon for a few months before their arrests, adding they would smoke meth before and after sex.

Mr Solomon allegedly provided her with drugs to sell to tourists in Phnom Penh on at least three occasions.

“I accept that I was a drug user, but I was not a drug trafficker,” she said, claiming she was not a dealer because the drugs she sold did not belong to her.

“The drugs and other materials that police have confiscated belonged to Andrew John Solomon, alone.”

Mr Solomon admitted he was Ms Sreyleak’s boyfriend but said he was not involved in drugs.

“I did not smoke drugs or commit drug trafficking,” he said.

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