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Six men jailed over drug trafficking

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The six men leave the municipal court yesterday. KT/Pann Rachana

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday convicted six men with drug use and trafficking committed in the capital last year.

Judge Long Vanna identified them as Hean Veasna, 31, Keo Bunthoeun, 39, and Srun Kimsrosh, 25, who were each sentenced to three years in jail for drug use and trafficking.

Meanwhile, Chun Vinich, 25, Kim Soksey, 38, and Sok Ratana, 32, were each sentenced to two years in jail for facilitating drug use.

Judge Vanna said they were all arrested by Por Senchey district police on November 16 last year.

He noted that at about 5.30pm on the day of the arrest, the six men were seen selling drugs at a slum area in Trapaing village in Por Senchey district’s Chaom Chao II commune.

He added that police dressed in civilian clothes patrolling the area surrounded them and arrested them on the spot.

“After their arrests, police seized four packages of methamphetamine and other related drug using materials from them,” he said. “They also tested positive for drug use.”

The six men could not be reached for comment yesterday.

However, during their hearing last month, they all denied being drug traffickers but confessed to using drugs.

They said they had all been using drugs for more than four years before they were arrested, noting that they had stopped using drugs since.

They requested the court to drop the drug trafficking charge against them and release them from prison.

Mr Veasna told the court that on the day of his arrest, he was hired by an unidentified man to sell drugs.

He added that the man promised him a small package of crystal meth and $12.50 per day for his services.

Mr Veasna said he worked for the man three times.

“I confess that I was hired by an unidentified man to sell drugs for him for three times in exchange for a payment and some drugs,” he said. “However, I am not a drug trafficker. I am only a drug user.”

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