Appeal Court upholds nine-year drug conviction

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Thoeun Thy after his arrest. CEN

The Appeal Court on Friday upheld a Kandal Provincial Court decision to convict a man to nine years in prison for trafficking drugs.

Presiding Judge In Vanvibol said Thoeun Thy, 24, was convicted for drug use and trafficking after he was arrested by police in Sa’ang district on February 5 last year.

Judge Vanvibol said on the day of the arrest, district police raided Mr Thy’s home in Kraing Youv commune as he was packaging methamphetamine for distribution.

“He was arrested red-handed while he was dividing drugs into small packages in order to sell to users,” he said. “After the arrest, police seized 21 packages of methamphetamine weighing 81.43 grams and other drug-related materials from him.”

Judge Vanvibol said on July 18, the provincial court found Mr Thy guilty of drug use and trafficking and sentenced him to nine years in prison. He was also ordered to pay about $2,500 to be put in the state’s coffers.

“According to the trial and the evidence police seized from Thy, the Appeal Court acknowledges the decision made by Kandal Provincial Court on July 17, 2018 was correct and made in accordance with Cambodian laws,” Judge Vanvibol said. “Therefore, the Appeal Court decides to uphold the judgement handed by the Kandal Provincial Court.”

He noted that Mr Thy has one month to make an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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