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Man jailed for selling drugs to undercover officer

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The man jailed for selling drugs leaves court yesterday. KT/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a Vietnamese-Cambodian to two years in jail and fined him about $1,000 for trafficking 13 packages of crystal meth, which he sold to an undercover police officer in the capital last year.

Judge Leang Samnath identified him as Sak Seantray, 43, a motorbike taxi driver living in a rental house in Kandal province’s Takhmao city.

He said that Mr Seantray was arrested on February 4 last year and charged with drug use and trafficking.

“The court decided to convict and sentence him to two years jail,” Judge Samnath said. “The court also orders him to pay four million riels to put in the state’s budge.”

He said that at about 5pm on February 4 last year, Mr Seantray ferried the drugs on a motorbike from his rental house in Takhmao city to sell it to an unidentified man, who was the undercover officer, at a drug haunt in Meanchey district’s Chak Angre Krom commune.

Judge Samnath said he was arrested red-handed after he sold the drugs to the undercover officer, adding that police seized 13 small packages of crystal meth weighing 50 grams, a phone and a motorbike from him.

He added that after his arrest, Mr Seantray tested positive for drugs.

Mr Seantray yesterday declined to comment on his sentence.

However, during his trial on Friday he admitted committing the offence, saying that he was a drug dealer and user.

He confessed that before his arrest, he sold 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.

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

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

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