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Couple jailed for drugs

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Mr Yon, center, admitted to the offence during his trial last month. CEN

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a husband and wife to three years and a year in jail, respectively, for drug use and selling a package of crystal meth worth $300 to an undercover police officer in the city last year.


Presiding Judge Ham Mengse identified them as Sou Yon, 32, a waiter, who lived in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmey 1 commune, and Nuon Bopha, 17, a waitress.

He said both were charged with drug use and trafficking. They were arrested on May 25 in Chbar Ampov district.

“The court decided to sentence the accused Sou Yon to three years in prison,” Judge Mengse said. “Because the accused Nuon Bopha is underage, the court therefore decided to sentence her to a year in jail.”

Deputy Prosecutor Kol Bun said that at about 7pm on May 25, Mr Yon travelled on his motorbike and brought a package of crystal meth to sell to the undercover police officer for $300 in Chbar Ampov 1 commune.

He said that Mr Yon was then arrested red handed after he sold the drug to the undercover police officer.

Mr Bun said after the arrests, police seized a package of drugs weighing 2.52 grams, a phone and a motorbike from him.

He noted that based on Mr Yon’s confession police later arrested Ms Bopha at a room in Dalin Guesthouse in Chbar Ampov 1 commune. After her arrest police did not seize any drugs from her but found drug paraphernalia in the room.

Mr Bun added that after their arrests both Mr Yon and Ms Bopha tested positive for drug use.

During their trial last month, Mr Yon admitted the offence, saying that the drugs seized from him belonged to an unidentified man, who is at large.

He said the unidentified man paid him $50 to deliver the drugs to the undercover officer on May 25.

Mr Yon said that before his arrest, he had been hired by the unidentified man on two occasions to deliver drugs and he was paid $50 each time.

“I admit that I have been using drugs for two years but I am not a drug trafficker,” he told the court. “The reason why I accepted the work from the unidentified man was because he paid me well and I needed money to buy drugs for smoking.”

Ms Bopha, however, denied the allegations and said she was not involved in her husband’s drug trafficking activities.

“I confess that I am a drug user and I smoked it with my husband,” she told the court. “The drugs were given to me by my husband.”

“But I did not know about his drug trafficking activities,” Ms Bopha added.

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