A Taiwanese man was jailed for 30 years yesterday for trafficking nearly four kilograms of methamphetamine in Phnom Penh.
Municipal Court Presiding Judge Seng Leang said tourist Tsai Jan-Ko, 58, was arrested on December 29, 2017, in Daun Penh district by Interior Ministry anti-drug police.
“The court decided to convict and sentence him to 30 years in prison,” Judge Leang said.
“The court orders him to pay $200,000 to be put towards the state revenue.”
He recommended that Mr Tsai appeal to a higher court if he did not accept his sentence.
Court deputy prosecutor Kol Bun said Mr Tsai was an active distributor of drugs to foreigners in the capital.
Mr Bun said police had identified him and found out about his rented house in Phsar Thmey 3 commune after arresting a group of South Korean drug users who had bought drugs from him on December 17, 2017, in the Chroy Changva district
He said Mr Tsai was arrested at about 4pm on December 29, 2017, after Interior Ministry anti-drug police raided his house.
Police seized 3,581.79 grams of crystal meth in powder form and another 191.11 grams of the drugs, making a total weight of 3,774.9 grams, a scale, a motorbike, a phone, and other drug materials from his home.