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Former DJ jailed over drugs sale

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The former DJ got seven years in jail. KT/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

A former DJ was jailed for seven years on Monday for selling more than 1,000 ecstasy tablets to an undercover police officer in front of a nightclub where he worked.

Thach Serey Pheap, 25, who worked at the Rock Entertainment Centre in Chamkar Mon district, was arrested in June last year.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge Im Vannak said Mr Serey Pheap, who lived in Meanchey district, was charged with drug trafficking.

“Based on the hearing, the evidence and the accused’s confession, the court found the accused guilty,” Mr Vannak said. “Therefore, the court decided to sentence him to seven years in prison.”

He said that at about 9.30 pm on June 11, Mr Serey Pheap sold a package of drugs to an undercover police officer in front of the Rock Entertainment Centre in Tonle Basac commune.

He was arrested, after which police seized more than 1,000 ecstasy tablets weighing a total of 36.64 grams from him.

Mr Serey Pheap refused to comment after his trial on Monday.

But during his trial last month, he admitted committing the offence, saying the drugs belonged to a man named Ing, who was at large.

Mr Serey Pheap confessed that on the night of his arrest, he was hired for $25 by Mr Ing.

Mr Ing was his client and often visited the Rock. Mr Ing asked him to bring the package of drugs to an unidentified man, who turned out to be an undercover police officer.

Mr Serey Pheap said he was arrested on the spot after he gave the package to the officer.

When he was arrested, Mr Ing fled and could not be contacted.

“I accept that I brought the drugs which were seized when I was giving them to the undercover police officer, but they did not belong to me. They belonged to Mr Ing who is at large,” he told the court.

“Mr Ing promised to pay me 100,000 riels for the work. But I have not received the payment because Mr Ing fled after he realised I had been arrested.”

Mr Serey Pheap confessed to being a drug user. He said that he started using drugs in 2017 when he worked as a DJ at the Rock.

“At first, I used the drug to stay awake because I worked late every night. But after I started using it every day, I became addicted and became a drug user,” he said.

Court deputy prosecutor Top Chhunlong said no one named Ing had been charged because the prosecutor and police did not know his real identity or his whereabouts.

The deputy prosecutor said Ing was a false name.

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