Fake Drugs Boy Jailed

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:

A 14-year-old boy was convicted yesterday of trafficking drugs despite tests showing what he sold was a harmless domestic chemical.
 
Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced the boy to one year and eight months in prison for selling 2.89 grams of white alums to fellow drug users in Phnom Penh City.  
 
Court presiding judge Y Thavireak said that even though the boy was not selling drugs, he had criminal intent to cheat drug users.
 
“Therefore, the court decided to sentence him to a year and eight months in prison,” he said.
 
Police arrested the boy at Phsar Deumkor market in Tuol Kork district in August, seizing seven packages of suspected crystal methamphetamine weighted 2.89 grams. But tests showed the substance to be white alums.  
 
Under the law white alum is not classified as a drug.
 
The orphan, living with his 84-year-old grandmother in Tuol Kork district’s Teuk Laak commune, was charged with drug trafficking.
He said yesterday that he had lodged an appeal.
 
“I did not agree with the judgment because it was unjust for me because I sold only white alums, not the drug. I did not take part in any drug trafficking,” he said.
 
He said he was hired by a woman named Chan Than to sell white alums for her. One package sold for $5 to $10. Ms. Than paid him $1.20 to $2.50 for each package sold.
 
He added that before his arrest, he sold white alums eight times to buyers in Phnom Penh.  
 
“The reason why I decided to sell white alums was because I need to make money to pay for the cost of my grandmother’s treatment and to support myself,” he added.

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