Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday tried a jobless man and his girlfriend who allegedly trafficked more than two kilograms of meth in the capital last year.
Presiding Judge Heng Kesaror identified them as Vin Chanthy, 24, and Phan Pisey, 22, a karaoke girl. They were charged with drug possession and trafficking and face life in prison each if convicted.
Judge Kessaror said the two were arrested on July 15 last year by Interior Ministry anti-drug trafficking police in Dangkor district.
He said that at about 12 noon on July 15, Mr Chanthy travelled on his motorbike and delivered a package of crystal methamphetamine to sell to an undercover police officer at a bridge in the district.
Judge Kesaror said that the accused was arrested red-handed after he sold the drugs to the undercover officer.
He noted that after the arrest, police confiscated a package of crystal meth weighing 999.66, a phone and a motorbike from Mr Chanthy.
Judge Kesaror said that based on the accused’s confession, police arrested Ms Pisey at about 2 pm on July 15 at her rental house in the district’s Dangkor commune.
“After inspecting a room in Ms Pisey’s house police seized 1029.79 grams of crystal meth, 109.5 grams of ice, two drug scales and other drug paraphernalia form her,” he said.
Judge Kesaror added that after their arrests both tested positive for drug use.
During their trial yesterday, both accused denied the allegations.
Mr Chanthy told the court that the drugs seized from him belonged to a man named “Ya”, who is at large.
He said that on the day of his arrest, Mr Ya paid him $50 to deliver the drugs to an unidentified man [the undercover officer] who had ordered them from him.
Mr Chanthy, however, confessed that before his arrest he had been hired twice by Mr Ya to deliver drugs and was paid $50 each time.
“I am a drug user and I worked for Mr Ya to earn money,” he told the court. “The reason why I accepted the work was because I did not have money to pay for my room rent or buy drugs to use.”
Mr Chanthy requested the court to give him a light sentence and promised to turn over a new leaf when he is freed from prison.
Ms Pisey told the court that she was not involved with Mr Chanthy’s activities.
She said that the drugs seized belonged to Mr Chanthy who bought them from an unidentified man to hide in her room.
Ms Pisey added that she was afraid of Mr Chanthy and dared not report the matter to police.
“I am not a drug trafficker,” she told the court. “I am not involved in Mr Chanthy’s activities.”
She urged the court to drop the charge and release her from prison.
A verdict is due March 21