Four suspected drug dealers, three Nigerian men and a Cambodian woman, went on trial yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
They were accused of possession and trafficking nearly 60 grams of methamphetamines, or ice, in the Por Senchey district of Phnom Penh.
Judge Top Chhunheng said the four were: Okereafor Chidi Martin, 27, Ezeobi Chuwyebuka Sunshine, 30, and Imme Andrew, 34. All were Nigerian tourists. Also accused was Lon Kimli, 31, a Cambodian woman and Mr Andrew’s girlfriend.
The court prosecutor charged them with drug possession and trafficking.
Mr Chhunheng said Mr Martin was arrested on the night of March 17 after giving a package of narcotics to an undercover officer. Military police then seized a package of crystal methamphetamines from him.
Mr Martin’s interrogation led military police to apprehend the three remaining suspects the same night, in a rented flat in Por Senchey district. There, investigators seized two packages of crystal methamphetamine, weighing almost 60 grams.
Mr Martin told the court on Tuesday that his friend Ezeobi Chukwuebuka had him deliver a package of soap to an unknown Cambodian man at a petrol station.
He said he was arrested after delivering the package.
“I had no idea there were drugs hidden inside the package,” he said. “The police showed it to me after my arrest,” he said. “I was so surprised when I saw it. It did not belong to me.”
He said the drugs belonged to Mr Sunshine.
The trial will continue on November 30.