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Duo tried after bust

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case of a local journalist and a Chinese national accused of selling nearly 40 grams of methamphetamine to undercover police last August.

Judge Kim Rathnarin identified the defendants as Chinese-Khmer translator Tan Hok, also known as Liao, 50, and Sithi Serey Pheap newspaper reporter Vorn Pheakdey, 30.

Colonel Truos Sokchea, chief of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug unit, said police had contacted the pair and ordered 38 grams of meth at a price of $1,000 from Tan, who agreed and was arrested at his guesthouse as he counted the money. Pheakdey was arrested as he allegedly delivered the drugs to Tan’s room.

Both men confessed to the crime in court yesterday, and asked for leniency. A verdict is due on March 3.

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