Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday jailed a farmer for two years and fined him about $250 for possessing and trafficking more than one kilogram of marijuana in Daun Penh district in June.
Judge Chhoem Rithy identified him as Si Bunthy, 44, from Kampong Speu province.
“After the hearing and based on the confession and real evidence, the court finds him guilty,” he said. “Therefore, the court has decided to sentence him to two years in prison and fines him one million riels to put in the state’s budget.”
Judge Rithy said Mr Bunthy was arrested on June 8 in Chey Chumneas commune, where police seized eight packages of marijuana from him.
Second Lieutenant Ly Seng, a commune police officer, said that about 11am on June 8, Mr Bunthy was carrying the packages of marijuana while walking near the Royal Palace in the commune to sell to foreign tourists.
He said that when Mr Bunthy opened the packages of marijuana to show to the tourists, commune police nearby saw him and went to inspect the packages. They found the marijuana and arrested him.
“He was arrested red-handed while he attempted to sell the marijuana to a group of foreign tourists, who were users,” Sec Lt Seng said. “After his arrest, police seized eight packages of marijuana weighing more than 1.6 kilograms.”
Mr Bunthy declined to comment on his sentence yesterday.