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Dutch national jailed over drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Harry Peelen leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Pann Rachana

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a Dutch national to two years in jail, but suspended a year, for distributing 3.19 grammes of drugs in Chamakamon district in May.

Judge Thvam Bunnarith identified him as Harry Peelen, 49, a tourist and said he was charged with drug use and distribution under articles 42 and 45 of Cambodian Law on Control of Drug.

He noted that Peelan was arrested on May 25 by anti-drug trafficking police from the Interior Ministry at his rental house in Chamkarmon district.

“The court has decided to convict and sentence him to two years but the term of his sentence shall be reduced to only a year in prison,” Judge Bunnarith said. “The rest of his punishment shall be completely suspended.”

He noted that the convict supplied drugs to foreigners staying in the capital.

Judge Bunnarith said that Peelan was arrested at about 6 pm on May 25 after police raided his rental house in the district’s Tuol Tumpoung II commune.
“He was arrested after police raided his rental house,” he said. “He was arrested while he was smoking drug in the house.”

Judge Bunnarith noted that after the arrest, police seized two packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 2.50 grams and another package of cocaine weighing 0.89 gram, a scale, a phone, a passport and drug paraphernalia from the rental house.
He added that after his arrest, Peelan tested positive for drug use.

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