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Venezuelan drug runner gets 30 years

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:

A 28-year-old Venezuelan woman was jailed for 30 years after being convicted of bringing nearly three kilos of cocaine from Brazil to Cambodia.

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.

She was charged with drug transport and trafficking and could have been jailed for life.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court presiding judge Theam Chanpiseth said: “She is sentenced to 30 years in prison.

“The court has also fined her 20 million riel ($5,000) to be put to the state’s budget.”

Deputy prosecutor Long Cheap said Ms Coromoto was not the drug ringleader.

She was hired by a Nigerian suspect named Jonatun, who is still at large, to bring the cocaine from Brazil  to Cambodia.

The drugs were destined to be sent to Thailand across the Cambodian-Thai-border.

Full story on Friday’s paper

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