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Drug deal footballer jailed

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Mr Samuel denied knowleged of the drugs. KT/Chor Sokunthea

A Nigerian footballer was jailed for five years yesterday for selling a package of crystal methamphetamine to an undercover police officer in Phnom Penh.

Olisanwandu Echezona Samuel, 34, was convicted of drug trafficking at Phnom Penh Municipal Court after claiming he had no idea what was in the package.

Court documents said that on June 6 last year, Mr Samuel brought the package from the Phsar Thmey area of Daun Penh district.

He was arrested when he gave it to an undercover police agent, who had ordered drugs from Nigerian traffickers hiding out in Phnom Penh.  

The package contained 44 grams of methamphetamine.

Mr Samuel could not be reached for comment yesterday but at his trial this month he said he was not involved in drug trafficking.

He said that on the day of his arrest, he was hired by a Nigerian named Joe to bring a package containing passports from a commercial complex at the said location to an unidentified Cambodian man at a haircut shop on the outskirts of the city.

He said he did not know the package contained drugs.

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