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Four charged with trafficking meth in Sihanoukville

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused. Koh Santepheap

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday charged an Italian, a Swiss and two Cambodians for allegedly trafficking 46 packages of crystal meth in Sihanoukville on Sunday.

Brigadier General Sun Sophath, provincial anti-drug trafficking department chief, identified them as Andrea Gatto, 36, an Italian tourist, Patrick Scherrer, 31, a Swiss tourist, his Cambodian girlfriend Nuon Sreyrath, 27, and Chab Sameth, 37, a tuk-tuk taxi driver.

Brig Gen Sophath said they were charged with drug use and trafficking and face up to seven years in jail each if convicted. All four are now in prison pending trial.

He said that Mr Gatto, Mr Scherrer and Ms Sreyrath were arrested at about 3pm on Sunday after provincial anti-drug trafficking police raided their rental house in commune 2.

Brig Gen Sophath said that after their arrests, police seized 44 small packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 7.32 grams, two drug scales, three phones and other drug paraphernalia from them.

He added that all three tested positive for drugs.

“During their interrogations the Italian and Swiss nationals and the Cambodian woman admitted committing the offence,” Brig Gen Sophath said. “The foreigners confessed that before their arrests, they had distributed drugs several times to foreign tourists in Sihanoukville.”

He noted that based on the three accused’s confessions provincial anti-drug trafficking police at about 6pm on Sunday arrested Mr Sameth, who sold the drugs to the foreigners, in commune 4.

Brig Gen Sophath said that police seized two packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 6.36 grams, two phones and other drug paraphernalia from him.

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