Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday convicted a man to 25 years in jail for smuggling four kilos of crystal methamphetamine from Laos to Cambodia in March 2017.
Presiding Judge Ky Rithy identified the convict as Yim Sotr, 29. In addition to his prison sentence, he received a fine of $12,500.
Mr Sotr was arrested on March 5 by the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Drug Unit based in Stung Treng province in collaboration with the provincial immigration police.
He had hid the drugs in a car and attempted to cross the Trapaing Kreal International Border Checkpoint.
Police seized a total of four packages of drugs weighing 3,811 grams, as well as the car used to transport them.
Mr Sotr was then sent to jail in Phnom Penh.
The convict said the judgement was too harsh, because he was not the owner of the drugs seized.
He claimed the drugs belonged to a Nigerian man whose name he did not know. He said he was hired to transport the drugs across the border for $1,000.
“I will appeal the judgement and ask the Court of Appeal to reduce my sentence and fine,” he said.