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Two men jailed for capital drug trafficking

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The convicted drug dealers leave court. KT/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced two men to 10 and 12 years in prison each for trafficking nearly one kilogram of crystal meth in the capital last year.

Presiding Judge Koy Sao identified the men as 25-year-old Seng Sophana, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined about $6,250, and 32-year-old Kong Sopheak, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined about $5,000.

“The court has sentenced Seng Sophana to 12 years in prison and sentenced Kong Sopheak to 10 years in prison,” Judge Sao said. “If you both disagree with the court’s verdict, you both have the right to appeal to a higher court within the period of one month.”

Judge Sao noted both men were previously suspected of transporting drugs from Stung Treng Province to distribute in Phnom Penh.

He added that the two men were arrested in November last year in their rental home in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district, where police seized 850 grams of crystal meth, one drug scale, two phones, one motorbike and other drug related materials.

Mr Sophana and Mr Sopheak were charged with drug trafficking following their arrests.

Mr Sophana and Mr Sopheak declined to comment on their sentence yesterday.

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