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DJ tried for selling more than 100 ecstasy pills to officer

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused leaves court yesterday after his hearing. KT/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday tried a disc jockey who allegedly sold more than 100 ecstasy pills to an undercover police officer in the capital last year.

Judge Im Vannak identified the accused as Thach Serey Pheap, 25, a DJ with Rock Entertainment Centre in Chamkar Mon district.

He said Mr Pheap was arrested on June 11 last year and was charged with drug trafficking. He faces up to five years in jail if convicted.

Judge Vannak said that at about 9.30pm on June 11, the accused sold a big package of drugs worth $1,000 to the undercover officer in front of the entertainment centre in Tonle Basac commune.

“He was arrested red-handed after he sold the drugs to the undercover police officer in front of the Rock Entertainment Centre,” he said. “After his arrest, police seized more than 100 ecstasy pills from him.”

During yesterday’s trial, M Pheap admitted committing the offence, saying that the drugs seized from him belonged to a man named “Ing” who is at large.

He said that on the night of his arrest, he was offered about $25 by Mr Ing, a regular patron of the entertainment centre, to deliver a package to an unidentified man.

Mr Pheap said that when he was arrested, Mr Ing, who was waiting nearby on a motorbike, fled the scene and could not be contacted.

“In this case, I admit that I brought the drugs to deliver to the undercover police officer,” he told the court. “But they belonged to Mr Ing who is at large.”

“Mr Ing promised to pay me 100,000 riels for the work but I did not receive the payment because he fled,” he added.

Mr Pheap also confessed that he was drug user and started using drugs in 2017 when he worked as a DJ in the centre.

“At first, I used drugs to keep awake because I worked until past midnight every night,” he said. “But I got used to it and became addicted.”

Mr Pheap requested the court to give him a light sentence.

Deputy prosecutor Top Chhunlong said that the man named Ing could not be charged because the prosecutor and police did not know his real identity or whereabouts.

“Mr Ing was a fake name so the prosecutor could not charge him,” he said. “However, based on the evidence, I urge the court to punish the accused according to the law.

A verdict is due February 15.

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