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Tourist denies drug mule charges

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
A Venezuelan woman, Mejias Neilin Coromoto was brought for trial. KT/Buth Reasmey Kongkea

A 28-year-old Venezuelan woman went on trial in Phnom Penh Municipal Court accused of bringing nearly three kilos of cocaine from Brazil to Cambodia.

Presiding judge Theam Chanpiseth said tourist Mejias Neilin Coromoto was arrested in February last year by Interior Ministry anti-drug police in collaboration with custom and excise and immigration police at Phnom Penh International Airport.

Ms Coromoto was charged with drug transportation and trafficking. She faces from 30 years to life in jail if convicted.

Mr Chanpiseth said that after her arrest, police seized about three kilos of cocaine from  her.

Court deputy prosecutor Long Cheap said Ms Coromoto was  not the drug ringleader but she was hired by a Nigerian suspect named Jonatun, who is still at large.

Her job was to bring the cocaine from Brazil to Cambodia.  The drugs were to be taken across the border to Thailand.

Full story on Thursday’s paper

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