Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a Filipino to three years in jail, but suspended the term to a year, for trafficking drugs in the capital last year.
Presiding Judge Ouk Sovannarith identified him as Jed Alexjandro Samoy, 30, a cook who lived at a rental house in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmey commune.
He said that Mr Alexjandro Samoy was charged with drug trafficking and was arrested on November 2 last year in the commune by anti-drug trafficking police from the Interior Ministry.
“The court convicted and sentenced him to three years, but the term of his sentence shall be reduced to only a year in prison,” Judge Sovannarith said. “The rest of his punishment shall be completely suspended.”
He noted that at about 11pm on November 2, Mr Alexjandro Samoy travelled on a motorbike taxi and crossed a police checkpoint in the commune.
Judge Sovannarith said that at the checkpoint, Mr Alexjandro Samoy tried to flee but police officers surrounded and arrested him.
He added that after his arrest, police seized a package of crystal meth weighing 0.90 grams, a phone and passport from him.
Mr Alexjandro Samoy could not be reached for comment yesterday regarding his sentence.
But during his trial on March 20, he denied the allegation. However, he confessed that he had used drugs for more than three years.
“I would like to confess that I am a drug user and not a trafficker or distributor,” he told the court. “I bought the drugs seized from me from an unidentified man for my own use.”