Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday jailed four men to between seven and eight years each and fined them $5,000 each for possessing and trafficking more than one kilogram of crystal meth in Chbar Ampov district in May last year.
Presiding Judge Yech Chheanavy identified them as Trou Mak, 29, a construction supervisor living in Kandal province, Suon Sakal, 28, a construction worker also from Kandal province, Mak Brospy, 28, a mechanic from Kean Svay district and Taing Haingsruon, 36, a drinks vendor also from Kean Svay district.
She said Mr Mak was sentenced to eight years in jail and the others to seven years in prison each.
“The court also decided to fine them 20 million riels [about $5,000] each to put in the state’s budget,” Judge Chheanavy said.
She noted that they were arrested on May 14 by anti-drug police from the Interior Ministry at a guesthouse in Chbar Ampov district and were charged with drug possession and trafficking.
Judge Chheanavy added that after their arrests, police seized more than one kilogram of crystal meth and other drug paraphernalia from them.
Colonel Yeng Bunna, Interior Ministry Procedures Office chief, said that the four men were gangsters who sold drugs for distribution to users in the capital.
He noted that police knew their identities after an undercover officer contacted them to purchase drugs.
Col Bunna said that they were arrested at about 10.30am on May 14 at the Phnom Meas Guesthouse in Chbar Ampov district’s Prek Eng commune.
“They were arrested after the anti-drug trafficking police in collaboration with district police raided the guesthouse room,” he said. “They were arrested red-handed with the drugs.”
Col Bunna added that after their arrests, police seized 16 packages of crystal meth weighing 1,000.45 grams, a drug scale and other drug paraphernalia from them.