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Nigerian gets life for drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
A file photo shows crystal methamphetamine seized by police. Supplied

A 42-year-old Nigerian has been sentenced to life imprisonment for bringing more than 14 kilos of crystal methamphetamine from China to Cambodia.


Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Chuon Soreasy said Iheonu Gabriel was arrested in June 2016 by Interior Ministry anti-drug trafficking police at a Cambodia-Vietnam international checkpoint in Tbong Khum province.

“The court sentence him to life and fined him $80 million riel ($20,000),” he said.

He was arrested after he arrived to pick up a consignment of clothes with drugs hidden underneath which were sent from China via Vietnam, Mr Soreasy said, adding that police seized 14.47 kilos of drugs from him.

During his trial last week, Mr Gabriel denied the allegations but admitted he was asked to collect luggage containing clothes belonging to his cousin’s Chinese girlfriend, which had been sent from China.

Upon picking up the luggage he was arrested and handcuffed by police.

“I was not the drug trafficker. I knew nothing about this case,” he told the court.

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