Nightlcub DJ tried for selling crystal meth

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The accused leaves court yesterday. KT/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday tried a DJ who allegedly sold a package of crystal meth to an undercover police officer in Por Senchey district last year.

Presiding Judge Mao Sina identified the accused as Sim Rotha, 38, living in Chom Chao commune.

He said Mr Rotha was charged with drug trafficking. He was arrested in the commune on September 27 by police from the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug trafficking department.

Judge Sina said that at about 9pm on September 27, the accused sold a package of crystal meth for $1,200 to the undercover police officer, who posed as a drug dealer, at his rental house in Chom Chao commune. He said that after the transaction, police officers moved in and arrested him.

“He was arrested red-handed after he sold the drugs to the undercover police officer in his rental house,” Judge Sina said. “After his arrest, police seized a package of crystal meth weighing 280 grams, a phone and a motorbike from him.”

He said that after the arrest, Mr Rotha tested positive for drug use.

Judge Sina noted that in 2016, Mr Rotha was arrested and convicted by the municipal court and sentenced to two years for drug trafficking. He was released from prison in 2018.

During yesterday’s trial, Mr Rotha admitted committing the offence.

He told the court that before his arrest on September 27, he sold drugs to users in the commune on three occasions. Mr Rotha said that each time, he sold 200 grams for $1,000 and earned $200 in profit.

He said that he bought drugs from a dealer named “Ya”, who is at large, in Tuol Kork district’s Boeng Kak commune.

The accused also confessed that he has been using drugs for three years.

“At first, I was only a drug user. But when I became addicted, I started selling drugs to make money to buy drugs to use,” Mr Rotha told the court. “I sold drugs because I did not have money to pay for my rental room and buy the drugs for use.”

He requested the court to give him a light sentence and promised to turn over a new leaf after he is released from prison.

A verdict is due April 24.

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