Two women, one Thai and one Cambodian, were convicted yesterday of attempting to smuggle nearly five kilograms of methamphetamine into the Kingdom last summer.
Wilawan Chinpang, a 29-year-old Thai national, was sentenced to 30 years in prison and fined $20,000, while Keo Dary, 44, was sentenced to 20 years with a $12,500 fine, according to Kor Vandy, a Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge.
Both women were convicted of “keeping, transporting and trafficking drugs”.
Colonel Yeng Bunna, chief of the anti-drug police, said the two suspects worked for a group of international drug traffickers hiding in Thailand and Cambodia.
“Wilawan Chinpang brought the drugs from India to Cambodia . . . She planned to give it to a Nigerian man who was the drug ringleader hiding in Phnom Penh,” he said.
When Chinpang tried to pass her luggage through Phnom Penh International Airport on July 29, police confiscated 4.9 kilograms of methamphetamine from her bag, while Dary was arrested at a hotel.