A 34-year-old Belgian man yesterday admitted bringing more than a kilo of cocaine into Cambodia.
David Noel Catry made the admission in Phnom Penh Municipal Court where he was on trial for drug trafficking.
Presiding Judge Meng Tony said Mr Catry was arrested on January 10 by officers from the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police in collaboration with customs and excise and immigration police based at Phnom Penh International Airport.
Deputy prosecutor Srey Markny said that Mr Catry was stopped after he arrived from Brazil.
“He was arrested after police inspected his suitcase and found the drugs hidden inside,” he said. “After inspecting his suitcase, police seized 1003.24 grams of cocaine which were wrapped in plastic and put at the bottom of his suitcase.”
In court, Mr Catry confessed that he had been offered $30,000 by a Brazilian man named Tang Guise to bring the cocaine from Brazil to give to an unidentified Nigerian man in Cambodia. Mr Guise remains at large
Mr Catry said Mr Guise told him he would be contacted by an unidentified Nigerian man upon his arrival in Phnom Penh.
He said it was the first time that he had accepted such work. Mr Guise arranged the trip and paid all his expenses for flights, food, transport and accommodation.
Mr Catry said he had not received the money.
“I admit I was hired for $30,000 to transport the drugs seized from Brazil to Cambodia. But I worked for pay only because I did not have money,” he told the court. “The drugs seized did not belong to me. They belonged to Tang Guise, who is at large and who lives in Brazil.”
Mr Catry, who faces a possible life sentence, pleaded for leniency from the judges.
A verdict is due on June 22.