Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced eight people, including two women, to two years in prison and fined them about $1,000 each for drug use and trafficking in Por Senchey district in April.
Judge Key Menera identified the men as Tum Sokchan, 28, In Theara, 28, Ly Vireak, 22, Meach Saravoach, 21, Sin Chhumpanha, 28, and Kim Seyha, 18, and the women as Teng Kanha, 25, and Sim Sarika, 23.
He noted that they were all convicted of drug use and trafficking.
“The court decided to convict them to two years each in prison and fined them four million riels each to put in the state’s budget,” Judge Manera said. “The court orders the police to return them to prison to serve out their terms.”
He noted that they were arrested on April 27 in Kakab II commune, where police seized 25 packages of crystal meth from them.
Captain Meng Touch, a district police officer, yesterday said that the eight were construction workers staying in rental houses in the district.
He said that they were arrested at about 3pm after police raided a guesthouse room in Damrey village after the guesthouse owner reported that he had seen them smoking drugs.
“They were arrested red-handed while they were smoking drugs inside the guesthouse room,” Cap Touch said.
He added that after their arrests, police seized 25 small packages of methamphetamine weighing 37.5 grams and drug paraphernalia from them.
Cap Touch said that after their arrests, all eight tested positive for drug use.