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Meth dealers face court

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Accused meth dealer covers his face while arriving at court. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday began a drug trafficking trial against a British tourist and his Cambodian girlfriend, with the latter admitting her involvement while the tourist denied the allegations.

Andrew John Solomon, 52, and Theang Sreyleak, 28, face drug use and trafficking charges following a raid on their guesthouse room in October 2016.

In a separate case, two suspected Vietnamese drug traffickers were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly distributing the same substance, crystal methamphetamine, as Mr Solomon and Ms Sreyleak.

During the trial at court yesterday, Presiding Judge Lim Makaroan said Mr Solomon and Ms Sreyleak were arrested at the guesthouse in Phsar Thom Thmey II commune, where police seized 40 grams of crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Ms Sreyleak admitted her guilt, but Mr. Solomon denied the allegations.

Ms Sreyleak said she was living with Mr Solomon for a few months before their arrests and that they would smoke meth before and after sex.

She added that on at least three occasions, Mr Solomon provided her with drugs to sell to tourists in Phnom Penh.

“I accept that I was the drug user, but I was not a drug trafficker,” she said, claiming that she was not a trafficker because the drugs she sold did not belong to her.

“The drugs and other materials that police have confiscated belonged to Andrew John Solomon, alone,” she said.

She asked the court to drop her charges and release her. Mr Solomon agreed he was Ms Sreyleak’s boyfriend but said he was not involved in drugs.

A verdict is due today, when the two accused Vietnamese drug traffickers arrested on Tuesday will make their first court appearance.

Duong Sok, a police officer with the municipal anti-drug police unit, identified the suspects as Leang Heng Tai, 31, and his wife Li Lin, 20.

Mr Sok said the couple was arrested in Prek Bra commune and found to be in possession of 1 kilo of the drug.

“They were active drug distributors who often sold drugs in night clubs or bars in Phnom Penh,” he said.

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