A 59-year-old Colombian was jailed for life yesterday for trying to bring nearly four kilos of cocaine into Cambodia.
Marmolejo Jaime Gonzalez was arrested in October last year at Phnom Penh International Airport after he flew from Colombia via Brazil, Dubai and Myanmar, to Phnom Penh.
He was charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court with drug possession and trafficking. Presiding Judge Koy Sao said Mr Gonzalez was guilty.
“The court has decided to convict him and sentence him to life with a fine of 50 million riel ($12,500),” the judge said. “He has the right to challenge the judgement and appeal to the Appeal Court within a month.”
Judge Sao said that after his arrest, police seized 3,855.28 grams of cocaine from Mr Gonzalez, which was wrapped in plastic and put in the bottom of his suitcase and laptop bag.
Mr Gonzalez admitted his guilt during his trial last month, but claimed the drugs did not belong to him.
He said they belonged to an unknown Nigerian who lived in Colombia and who was still at large.
The Nigerian offered him $40,000 to bring the drugs from Colombia to Cambodia. But he had not been paid since he was arrested. It had not been possible to contact the Nigerian after his arrest.