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Two women jailed for drug trafficking

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Kheng Chanthy and Sun Sarem. KT/Pann Rachana

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday convicted and sentenced two women to 22 years each in jail for trafficking nearly half a kilogram of methamphetamine in the city in January.

Presiding Judge Theam Chanpiseth identified them as Sun Sarem, 38, and Kheng Chanthy, 21, who were both staff in a karaoke outlet.

Judge Chanpiseth said they were charged with drug possession and trafficking under Article 40 of the Law on the Control of Drugs after they were arrested on January 31.

The Interior Ministry’s Anti-Drug Police raided Ms Sarem and Ms Chanthy’s rental house in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district and seized 430 grams of crystal meth, one scale and other drug paraphernalia from them.

“The court has decided to convict and sentence both of them to 22 years in jail,” Judge Chanpiseth said. “The court also orders them to pay 15 million riel [about $3,750] each to put into the state budget.”

He added that Ms Sarem and Ms Chanthy can appeal to the Appeal Court within one month if they did not agree with the ruling.

Ms Sarem and Ms Chanthy declined to comment on their sentences yesterday.

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