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Men tried over meth trafficking

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The men accused of trafficking one kilo of meth. Supplied

Three men were tried in Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday over their involvement in the trafficking of one kilogram of crystal meth in Phnom Penh last year.

Judge Bun Thy identified the accused as Tim Sideth, 38, Keo Ratha, 20, and Sok Leap, 39.

They were arrested by anti-drug trafficking police on September 21, 2016 after officers found a large package of drugs hidden in their car.

The bust totalled a little over a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine.

At the trial, Mr Leap stated that the drugs belonged to Mr Sideth and Mr Ratha. He said they bought it from “an unknown man”.

He denied he was involved in the drug trafficking and was only riding along with the other suspects. He requested for the charge to be dropped.

Mr Sideth and Mr Ratha denied Mr Leap’s statement.

They said the drugs seized were planted by police during the inspection of their vehicle.

However, deputy prosecutor Ngin Pich said all three men were involved in the crime and asked the judge to punish them to the full extent of the law.

The verdict is due on November 30.

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