Man tried for selling drugs to undercover police officer

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A verdict is due January 14. KT/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday tried a Vietnamese-Cambodian who allegedly sold 13 packages of crystal meth to an undercover police officer in the capital last year.

Judge Leang Samnath identified the accused as Sak Seantray, 43, a motorbike taxi driver living at a rental house in Kandal province’s Takhmao city. He said Mr Seantray was charged with drug use and trafficking.

Judge Samnath said that at about 5pm on February 4, the accused brought the drugs by motorbike from his rental house to sell to the undercover officer in Meanchey district’s Chak Angre Krom commune.

“He was arrested red-handed after he brought the drugs and sold them to the undercover officer at a drug haunt in the commune,” he said. “After his arrest, police seized 13 small packages of crystal meth weighing 50 grams, a phone and a motorbike from him.”

Judge Samnath added that after his arrest the accused tested positive for drugs.

During yesterday’s trial, Mr Seantray admitted committing the offence, saying that he was a drug distributor and user.

He confessed that before his arrest he had been selling drugs to users in Phnom Penh and Kandal province for a year.

Mr Seantray said that he bought the drugs seized from him for $60 from an unidentified man living in Takhmao City, who is at large.

He said that on the day of his arrest he sold them for $300 to an unidentified man [the undercover officer] who had contacted him by phone to buy the drugs.

“I know this business is illegal and against the law,” Mr Seantray told the court. “But it was an easy way to make money.”

“I could sell at least ten packages to users every day and make from $25 to $50 in profit daily,” he added.

Mr Seantray urged the judge to give him a light sentence and promised that he would not repeat the offence and become a good person.

A verdict is due January 14.

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