Three boys were charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday for selling 52 packages of drugs to addicts in Phnom Penh.
Sok Vathana, a military officer with Tuol Kork district military police, identified the accused as Vath Chanthan, 16; and two other boys under the age of 10.
They were all school drop-outs and lived in rented houses with their families nearby the railroad station in Boeung Kak II commune, he said.
Mr Vathana said they were charged with drug use and trafficking. Among the three suspects, Mr Chanthan was sent to Prey Sar prison pending his trial, while the two youngsters were sent to a rehabilitation centre.
“They were hired by drug dealers with the promise of 20,000 riel (about $5) to 40,000 riel (about $10) per day for selling drugs to users at shanty areas in Toul Kork district,” Mr Vathana said. “They were arrested red-handed while they were waiting for prospective drug users.
He said they were arrested on Friday at about 12.30pm. After their arrests, police seized 52 packages of crystal methamphetamine.
He said that police are now searching for the drug ringleaders who hired them.