Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced two teens to 18 months and two years in jail for selling drugs in Tuol Kork district last year.
Presiding Judge Lim Lipmeng identified the two as Hong Meng, 17, who was jailed for two years, and Im Liheng, 16, who was imprisoned for 18 months. They were also fined $50 each.
Judge Lipmeng said the two were arrested on April 25 last year and charged with drug use and trafficking.
Captain Sok Vathana, a district police officer, said the teens were school dropouts from poor families living in rental houses in the district’s Boeng Kak II commune.
He said they were arrested after being caught red-handed selling drugs to users at a slum in the commune.
“They were hired by traffickers and paid between $5 to $10 per day to distribute the drugs,” Cap Vathana said. “Traffickers are now using teens and boys to distribute drugs because they will receive lighter jail terms if caught.”
He added that police seized 52 small packets of crystal methamphetamine and an unspecified amount of money from the teens.