Siem Reap Provincial Court yesterday charged an Australian woman and four of her bar staff with drug possession after they were arrested with nearly half a kilogram of marijuana and 15 litres of marijuana liquid.
Colonel Bun Kosal, deputy chief of the provincial police’s anti-drug department, identified the bar owner as 60-year-old Rachel Deniseprins, an Australian national.
Col Kosal identified her four staff members as Ya Chea, 33, manager of the Soul Train Reggae Bar; Sok Munich, 30; Pheng Rina, 34; and Pich Samnang, 33.
Col Kosal said the provincial court charged the group with drug possession and noted that each face two to five years in prison if convicted.
“They sold marijuana to foreign tourists to smoke inside the bar,” he said. “They were arrested red-handed after our provincial anti-drug police raided the bar, where the suspects sold marijuana to our undercover police.”
Col Kosal said the group was arrested on Monday at about 11.30am at the bar in Svay Dangkum commune.
Police seized a total of seven packages of marijuana weighing nearly half a kilogram, ten bottles of marijuana liquid, as well as other related drug materials, he added.
Col Kosal said the group has been jailed pending their trial.