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Boy, eleven, sent to rehab for selling drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The boy was arrested on Saturday. Supplied

An 11-year-old boy was yesterday charged by the municipal court for selling 30 small packages of drugs to users in Phnom Penh.

Keo Bunrith, a police officer with Tuol Kork district police, said the boy lives in a rental room nearby the railroad tracks in Boeung Kak II commune.

Mr Bunrith said the boy was charged with drug trafficking, but sent to a rehabilitation centre because he is underage.

Packages of drugs recovered from the boy.

“He was arrested with evidence while he was selling to drug users in a slum, which is a drug using area in Toul Kork district,” Mr Bunrith said. “He was hired by a drug trafficker who paid him $10 per day to sell his drugs to users.”

Mr Bunrith said the boy was arrested on Saturday afternoon, after which police seized 30 small packages of crystal methamphetamine from him.

Mr Bunrith added that police are now searching for the traffickers who hired the boy.

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