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Court finds woman guilty of trafficking meth

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a woman to six years in jail with a fine of $2,500 after she was found guilty of trafficking more than half of a kilogram of methamphetamine last year.

Presiding Judge Chhim Rithy identified the woman as 36-year-old Len Paley, who lived in Russey Keo district’s Russey Keo commune.

Judge Rithy said Ms Paley was arrested in August last year at her home and charged with drug trafficking.

“The court has decided to convict and sentence her to six years in prison,” he said. “The court orders her to pay ten million riels to be put in the state’s coffers.”

The drugs seized by police from the accused. Supplied

Deputy prosecutor Ly Sophanna said Ms Paley was part of a gang of distributors in the capital.

Mr Sophanna said before her arrest, an undercover police officer spoke with her for weeks before she agreed to sell him drugs.

He noted that on August 2 last year, police moved in to make the arrest as Ms Paley exchanged the drugs for money with the undercover police officer.

“She was arrested by anti-drug police while she was selling drugs to the undercover officer at her rental home,” Mr Sophanna said. “She was arrested based on actual evidence.”

He said police confiscated six packages of methamphetamine weighing a total of 611.85 grams, one scale and one mobile phone.

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