A Columbian drug trafficker was sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with transporting nearly 4 kilograms of cocaine from Columbia to Cambodia last year.
Koy Sao, presiding judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, identified the accused as Gonazlez Marmolejo Jaime, 59, Colombian tourist.
“The court decides to sentence him to life in prison and fines him 50 million riels [about 12,500] to put on the state’s budget,” Judge Sao said.
Judge Sao said that the accused was charged with drug possessing and trafficking under article 40 of the Law on Drug Control.
Gonazlez Marmolejo Jaime was arrested on October 12, 2017, at the Phnom Penh International Airport after he flew from Columbia via Brazil, Dubai and Myanmar before arriving in Cambodia.
After his arrest, police seized a total of 3,855 grams of cocaine wrapped in plastics and placed under the bottom of his suitcase and laptop’s bag.