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Woman jailed five years for drug trafficking

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Some of the drugs seized by police. Anti-Drug Police

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a woman to five years in prison and a fine of about $2,500 after she was found guilty of trafficking drugs.

Judge Pich Vicheathor identified the woman as 35-year-old Chan Lida, manager of a karaoke bar in Russey Keo district.

Judge Vicheathor said Ms Lida was sentenced to five years in prison. However, he said the judge will suspend her punishment and reduce her jail time to only three years. He noted that Ms Lida is required to pay a fine.

“The court orders her to pay $2,500 to be put in the state’s coffers,” Judge Vicheathor said.

He said that Ms Lida was charged with drug trafficking after she was arrested following a raid on her home in Russey Keo district’s Tuol Sangke commune in November.

Judge Vicheathor said police seized 22.92 grams of methamphetamine, one scale, a phone and other drug materials from her home.

Ms Lida declined to comment on her sentence yesterday.

However, during her trial on May 16, Ms Lida denied the allegations. She told the court that she was a drug user and not a drug trafficker.

Ms Lida said that the drugs seized from her was bought from an unidentified man living in Tuol Kork district’s Boeng Kak I commune, noting that she bought it for her own use and not to distribute.

She added that she had been using drugs for more than three years before she was arrested.

“I was a drug user, not a drug trafficker,” she said. “The drugs that police seized from me, I bought them for my own use only. It was not for sales or distribution.”

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