Boy, 15, faces drug dealing charges

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
A file photo of confiscated drugs. Supplied

A 15-year-old-boy was arrested on Monday night after being caught with 42 packages of drugs to sell in Phnom Penh. 

Tuol Kork district police said the boy lived at a rented house with his poor family near the railway tracks in Boeung Kak II commune.

He was arrested at a drug-smoking area of the commune as he stood near the railway waiting to sell drugs to users.

Police seized 42 small packages of crystal methamphetamine from him.

Questioned at the district police station, the boy said he was hired by a drug trafficker for 60,000 riel (about $15) a day.  He confessed that before his arrest he had sold drugs three times.

He was being detained temporarily at the police station on preliminarily charges of drug trafficking and is to be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning today.

Police said that on July 11, an eight-year-old boy was arrested by district police for selling 35 packages of drugs at the same place.

The boy, who did not go to school, also lived in a rented room with his poor family near the railway in the commune.

He was charged by the court prosecutor with drug trafficking but was sent to the municipal rehabilitation centre for education in Phnom Penh.

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