Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday convicted and sentenced two men to five years each in prison for possessing nearly 100 grams of methamphetamine following their arrest last year.
Judge Seng Leang identified the two men as Em Vibol and Loek Bros, both 32-year-old construction workers who lived in the same rental house in Trapaing Lvea village in Por Senchey district’s Kakap I commune.
“The court has decided to convict and sentence both men to five years each in prison,” Judge Leang said. “The court also orders them to pay about $2,500 each to put into the state budget.”
Judge Leang noted they were both charged with drug use and trafficking following their arrest at about 10pm on October 20 last year after police raided their house, where officers found drugs.
Police seized a large package of crystal meth weighing a total of 90.85 grams, one scale, two phones, and other drug related materials from them. After arresting them, police conducted urine tests, which both came back positive for drug use.
The two accused could not be contacted for comment yesterday.
In a separate case, the municipal court yesterday convicted and sentenced a woman and her brother to three years each in prison for selling a package of crystal meth worth $25 to an undercover police officer in Sen Sok district in 2017.
Judge Leang identified them as Suon Thavy, a 38-year-old toy vendor living in Russey Keo district’s Svay Pak commune, and her younger brother, 23-year-old Suon Savuth, also a toy vendor.
Judge Leang added that they were both charged with drug trafficking after they were arrested on October 26, 2017 in Sen Sok district, where police seized eight small packages of crystal meth from them.
“Based on the trial and the evidence police seized from them, even though the two accused denied they knew anything about, were related to or committed the drug trafficking, they did not have any specific proof to show the court that they are innocent,” Judge Leang said.
“Therefore the court has decided to convict and sentence them both to three years each in prison,” he added.
Lieutenant Colonel Suos Savuth, deputy chief of the Anti-drug Police Office at the Ministry of Interior, said the siblings were suspected of distributing drugs in Phnom Penh.
He added that at about 9pm on October 26, 2017, an undercover police officer contacted Ms Thavy to order a package of crystal meth worth about $25 from her.
At about 11.30pm that night, Ms Thavy and her younger brother travelled on a motorbike to meet the undercover police officer in front of the the Samraong Andeth Pagoda, which was located in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmey commune.
During the transaction, police officers who were on standby moved to arrest them.
“They were arrested red-handed while selling the drugs to our undercover police officer,” Lt Col Savuth said, adding that police seized eight packages of crystal meth weighing a total of 0.88grams, one scale, three phones and one motorbike from them.
The two accused yesterday said the judgement was unjust, noting that they did not agree because they did not commit the crime and said they are set to appeal for a review at the Appeal Court.
Ms Thavy said she and her brother were victims of false arrest. She explained that they had travelled on a motorbike that night to buy clothes at a night market in Sen Sok district.
Ms Thavy said when they arrived at a quiet place in front of Samraong Andeth Pagoda, police stopped them, arrested them and accused them of drug trafficking.
She added that besides seizing their phones and motorbike, police also stole their jewellery and about $55 from them.
However, Lt Col Savuth denied Ms Thavy’s accusations, saying that during their arrests, police did not seize any money or other valuable items from them other than the phones and motorbikes.