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Three convicted over meth bust

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The suspects were first caught by police with 11 grams of methamphetamine. Supplied

Two Nigerians and a Cambodian were yesterday jailed for between four and eight years for drug trafficking, after being caught selling crystal methamphetamine to an undercover police officer in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Im Vannak identified the accused as Samson Ifechi Friday, 29, and Onwuka Chibusor, 33, both Nigerian nationals, as well as But Sobin, 26.

The three suspects were arrested by anti-drug police in April in Chom Chao commune, after which police seized two small packages of crystal methamphetamine from them.

Mr Vannak said the Nigerians would serve eight years each and pay a fine of 12 million riel (about $3,000) each. 

Mr Sobin was jailed for four years and fined four million riel.

According to a police report, officers arrested Mr Sobin as he drive his motorbike on the night of April 3.

They confiscated 11.41 grams of meth from him.

Mr Sobin then aided police in a sting operation.

He called an unknown woman, the drug ringleader, who then hired the Nigerians to deliver more drugs to him.

The Nigerians were arrested after they gave the package of drugs, containing 29.89 grams of meth, to undercover police.

At last month’s trial, Mr Sobin admitted his misdeeds, telling the court he had purchased the drugs seized by police to sell to a client in Stung Meanchey commune.

The two Nigerian men denied the allegations, saying they had no idea there were drugs inside the packages they were delivering.

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