A 25-year-old man was yesterday tried by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for drug possession and trafficking in the city.
Deputy prosecutor Vong Bunvisoth identified the accused as Tep Pros, 25, a gas vendor from Chao Chao I commune charged with drug possession and trafficking.
Mr Bunvisoth said that on March 25 at about 9.20am, the accused was hired by an unidentified drug dealer to transport a package of drugs, which he sold to an undercover police officer.
“He has a real job as a gas vendor,” Mr Bunvisoth said. “But because his salary was small, he agreed to transport the drugs to make more money.”
“He was arrested red-handed when he sold the drugs to an undercover officer,” he added.
He said the accused was arrested by anti-drug police after he sold the drugs to the officer.
After his arrest, police seized the 25.12-gram package of crystal methamphetamine and one Honda Dream motorbike from him.
During yesterday’s trial, Mr Pros admitted the offence, saying that he took the drug job to supplement his meagre income because it was fast, easy cash.
He confessed that before his arrest, he was hired by an unidentified man to deliver the package of drugs, noting it was not his first time.
He said that previously, he was paid $50 by the unknown man to transport the drugs.
“My salary was $150 per month. It was too little and it could not support my poor family,” he told the court.
“I decided to accept the drugs job because I wanted to make extra money to support my poor family,” he added.
He then promised not to repeat the offence and requested a light sentence.
A verdict is due November 26.