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Minors in rehab over selling drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sent three minors to rehab over their involvement in the distribution of crystal methamphetamine in Phnom Penh.

Sok Vathana, a Tuol Kork district military police officer, said the three boys, elementary school drop-outs, were under the age of 12 and lived in rented homes near a railroad station in Boeng Kak II commune.

The three minors were charged by the municipal court with drug trafficking and were then sent to a municipal rehab centre for education, he said.

Mr Vathana said the boys were arrested on Saturday afternoon and that authorities believe the minors were hired by older drug-traffickers who paid them $7.50 per day to sell drugs in the district.

Mr Vathana said the minors were spotted by military police patrolling the area on Saturday. Officers then made the arrests, confiscated the drugs and brought the boys to the district military police station for questioning.

“They were arrested while they were selling drugs publicly to users in Tuol Kork district,” he said. “Military police seized a total of 70 small packages of crystal meth from them.”

He said that authorities are searching for the men who hired the children to sell the drugs.

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