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Ice smuggler stands trial

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A 29-year-old man was tried on Friday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for transporting nearly four kilos of crystal methamphetamine from Laos to Stung Treng province.

Presiding judge Ky Rithy identified the accused as Yim Sotr, who faces a life sentence if convicted.

Judge Rithy said the accused was arrested on March 5 as he attempted to smuggle the drugs across the border into Cambodia by hiding them in his car, which was searched at the Trapaing Kreal International Border Checkpoint.

After his arrest, police seized four big packages of meth weighing 3,811 grams.

Mr Sotr told the court that the drugs seized belonged to a Nigerian man and a Cambodian man.

He added the Nigerian man paid him $1,000 to transport the drugs.

“I would like to deny the allegations because I was not the drug trafficker or the owner of the drugs seized,” he told the court. “I was just doing the work he paid me for.”

Deputy prosecutor Srey Makny said that Mr Sotr must be considered as the owner of the drugs seized because no other suspects have been arrested.

“As the court’s prosecutor, I uphold his charges and ask the judge to punish him by the law,” he said. The verdict is due on December 27.

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