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Three Nigerians charged with drug trafficking

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Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged three Nigerian nationals for transporting nearly 21 kilograms of methamphetamine from Stung Treng province to the capital to be distributed.

Deputy prosecutor Pheng Heng yesterday said the three Nigerian men were charged with drug possession and trafficking. They face up to a life sentence each in jail if convicted.

“They transported drugs from Stung Treng province to stock in Phnom Penh,” he said. “They were charged with drug possession and trafficking.”

Mr Heng added that they are currently detained at Prey Sar prison pending trial.

Colonel Chim Sitha, Dangkor district police chief, identified the three Nigerians as Maduka Jona Schibudo, 35; Davis Candkwdo, 30; and Obiesie Chika Odinaka Chiemerie, 25.

Col Sitha noted that they were arrested at about 8pm on Sunday after municipal anti-drug police, in collaboration with Dangkor district police, raided a room in Tony Guesthouse, which is located in Tnort Chrum IV village in Meanchey district’s Boeng Tumpon II commune.

Col Sitha said that at about 5pm on the day of the arrest, the guesthouse owner alerted police about the men, who were suspected of hiding drugs in their rental room.

“They were arrested red-handed after police raided a room in a guesthouse in Boeng Tumpon II commune that they were staying in,” Col Sitha said. “After the raid and their arrests, police seized 21 large packages of crystal meth weighing nearly 21 kilograms, three passports, four phones and other drug-related materials from them.”

He added that the men were sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court after police completed their investigation.

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