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Foreigners charged with smuggling drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The three accused traffickers and the items seized by police. Supplied

Three people were yesterday charged with bringing more than a kilo of cocaine into the country from Brazil.

The suspects were identified as Fortune Egwuonwu, a 33-year-old Nigerian man, Meyer Nancy Lela, a 32-year-old American woman, and Tippapat Mueanchan, a 30-year-old Thai woman.

Brigadier General Loeuk Vannak said Ms Lela was apprehended on Thursday as she attempted to smuggle the drugs through Phnom Penh International Airport.

She had flown into the country from Brazil via Dubai and Hong Kong.


Customs police officers inspected her luggage on arrival and found 1.2kg of cocaine hidden inside.

After interrogating Ms Lela, police were able to arrest the other two suspects, who came to pick up the drugs from her at a hotel room in Chamkarmon district’s Olympic commune on Saturday.

All have been charged with drug trafficking by prosecutors at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

“They face a life sentence each if convicted,” Gen Vannak said.

He added that police were seeking other suspects who have been linked to the case.

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