Thai drug dealer faces life sentence

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The man was arrested in a sting operation. Campost

A Thai national went on trial on Friday at Phnom Penh Municipal Court over the transport of crystal methamphetamine from Laos into Stung Treng province last year.

Presiding Judge Leang Samnath identified the suspect as Chhay Yaphung Saiphan, a 52-year-old man from Thailand.

The accused was arrested in August 2017 by anti-drug police in Sen Sok district’s Toek Thla commune after a sting operation was set up to purchase the drugs from him in the capital following his transport of it through Stung Treng.

After the arrest, police seized three kilograms of meth and the man’s vehicle.

Judge Leang Samnath said police also searched the man’s house in Phnom Penh Thmey commune and found two packages of heroin weighing more than half of a kilo, additional packages of methamphetamine weighing six kilos, and nine packages containing 52,000 tablets.

Police said Mr Yaphung Saiphan transported the three kilograms of drugs to sell to an undercover officer in the capital.

During the trial, Mr Yaphung Saiphan confessed that he was hired by another man to bring the drugs to the undercover officer in Phnom Penh after crossing the border in Stung Treng.

“I was only a worker,” he said. “I am not a drug trafficker. I would like to ask the judge to reduce my sentence.”

Mr Yaphung Saiphan claimed the drugs belonged to a Thai man named Din Pai, who remains at large.

Mr Yaphung Saiphan faces a life sentence if convicted

A verdict is expected on March 23.

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