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DJ Lion charged with drug trafficking

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused, including DJ Lion with the box around him. DAP News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a famous DJ and three accomplices with drug possession, and trafficking more than one kilogram of crystal meth and ecstasy pills, in Chamkar Mon district on Wednesday.

Sok Chantha, a court clerk, identified them as Hem Borith, known as DJ Lion, 33, a former CTN presenter living in the district’s Tonle Basac commune, Sin Somphors, 33, jobless and living in Tuol Kork district, In Sakhorn, 51, also jobless and living in Meanchey district, and Var Sreyna, 38, a KTV worker living in Chamkar Mon district’s Boeng Trabek commune.

Mr Chantha said that Mr Borith was charged with drug possession and trafficking and also unauthorised use of a weapon, while the other three were charged with drug possession and trafficking. Each faces life in prison if convicted and all four are in prison pending trial.

Major Sok Sarith, an anti-drug trafficking department officer, said that the accused were arrested at about 2am on Wednesday at the Rock Entertainment Centre in Chamkar Mon district’s Tonle Basac commune.

Items seized by police from the accused. DAP News

He said that they were arrested after they sold drugs to an undercover police officer, posing as a drug dealer, who bought drugs from them at a karaoke room in the entertainment centre.

Maj Sarith said police spent about two months monitoring their activities before cracking down on them.

“They were drug distributors who often brought drugs to sell to users in bars or nightclubs in the capital,” he said. “They were arrested while selling drugs to our undercover officer inside room 108 in Rock Centre.”

Maj Sarith added that after their arrests, police seized a package of crystal meth weighing 598.78 grams and 1,552 ecstasy pills weighing 609.33 grams, two drug scales, a pistol belonging to Mr Borith, and other drug paraphernalia.

DJ Lion gained fame in 2005 while working with CTN.

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