Four Taiwanese casino gamblers were jailed for between seven and nine years yesterday on drugs and weapons charges.
Lin Tonghun, 43, got a nine-year term and a fine of 18 million riel ($4,500). He was charged with drug trafficking and unauthorised possession of a weapon.
Lor Che Song, 67, received seven years and a fine of 15 million riel ($3,700). Chav Muche Nhg, 50, and Kor Chang Heng, 67, were each jailed for eight years and fined 15 million riel. The three were charged with drug trafficking.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge Top Chhunheng said they were arrested in September 2015 after Ministry of Interior anti-drug police raided a rented apartment in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district.
After their arrests, police confiscated a package of crystal methamphetamine weighing 93.5 grams, six grams of heroin, a K-59 handgun and cartridge with bullets, a scale, plastic packing bags and four mobile phones.
During their trial last month, the four denied the allegations but confessed they were drug users and casino gamblers.
Mr Tonghun said the drugs and handgun were his alone. He said he had bought them from a Chinese man named “Lee” who is at large.
He denied that he was a drug trafficker or distributor.
“I bought the drugs for $2,000 from Mr Lee for my personal use over long periods. I did not sell or distribute them to other people,” he said.
“I bought it for my own protection only. It was not to kill any person,” he added.
Mr Che Song, 67, also denied he was a trafficker.
He said that on the day of his arrest, he travelled from a hotel in Tonle Bassac district to visit Mr Tonghun’s rented apartment to smoke drugs with him. He was then arrested along with the three others.