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Couple tried over sale of drugs to officer

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Some of the drugs seized by police. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday tried a husband and wife who allegedly sold crystal meth worth $300 to an undercover police officer in the capital last year.

Presiding Judge Ham Mengse identified them as Sou Yon, 32, a waiter, and Nuon Bopha, 17, a waitress, both living in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmey I commune. Judge Mengse said that they were charged with drug use and trafficking.

He said that at about 7pm on May 25 last year, Mr Yon travelled on his motorbike and brought a package of crystal meth to sell to the undercover police officer in Chbar Ampov district’s Chbar Ampov I commune.

“He was arrested red-handed after he sold the drugs to the undercover police officer,” Judge Mengse said. “After his arrest, police seized a package of drugs weighing 2.52 grams, a phone and a motorbike from him.”

He said that based on Mr Yon’s confession, police later arrested Ms Bopha at the Dalin Guesthouse in Chbar Ampov I commune.

Judge Mengse noted that police did not seize any drugs from her and only found drug paraphernalia in the guesthouse room.

He added that after their arrests, both accused tested positive for drug use.

During yesterday’s trial, Mr Yon admitted committing the offence, saying that the seized drugs belonged to an unidentified man who is at large.

He told the court that the unidentified man paid him $50 to deliver the drugs.

Mr Yon also said that before his arrest, he had delivered drugs for the unidentified man on two occasions and was paid $50 each time.

“I admit that I have been smoking drugs for two years but I am not a drug trafficker,” he told the court. “The reason why I accepted the work from the unidentified man was because he paid me well and I needed money to buy drugs.”

The two accused were arrested in May last year. Supplied

Mr Yon requested the court to give him a light sentence and promised to reform himself when he is freed from prison.

Ms Bopha denied the charges and said that she was not involved in her husband’s drug trafficking activities.

“I confess that I am a drug user and I smoked drugs which my husband gave me,” she told the court. “But I did not know about his drug trafficking activities.”

Ms Bopha requested the court to drop the charges and release her from prison.

A verdict is due February 20.

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