Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a gas vendor to three years jail and fined him about $500 for selling nearly 26 grams of crystal meth to an undercover police officer in the capital.
Presiding Judge Thlang Phaneth identified the vendor as Tep Pros, 25, living in Por Senchey district. He was charged with drug possession and drug trafficking.
She noted that at about 9.20am on March 25, Mr Pros was hired by an unidentified drug dealer to transport the drugs in a black plastic bag to hand over to the undercover officer, who posed as a drug dealer, in the district’s Chom Chao I commune.
Judge Phaneth said that Mr Pros was arrested by anti-drug police after he handed over the package that afternoon.
She added that after his arrest, police seized the package of crystal methamphetamine, weighing 25.12 grams, and a motorbike from him.
Judge Phaneth noted that the person who hired Mr Pros to deliver the drugs was not charged because police could not trace him.
During his trial on November 7, Mr Pros admitted committing the offence, saying that he trafficked drugs to make easy money.
He told the court that before his arrest, he was hired by the unidentified man to deliver drugs to unknown people. Mr Pros said he was paid $50.
“I only earn $150 per month which is not enough to support my family,” he said. “I agreed to deliver drugs to earn more.”