Four people – two of them police officers – were sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for selling nearly a kilogram of methamphetamine to an undercover police officer in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district earlier this year.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Ly Lipmeng also handed down 20 million riel (about $5,000) fines to economic police officers Lun Pha, 47, and Suon Lenin, 34, as well as tuk-tuk driver Muth Thim, 38, and businesswoman Morn Dalin, 30.
According to the police account of the sting, on March 8, 2015, Pha hired Thim to pick up the drugs from Dalin and bring them to him in Chbar Ampov district.
Upon receiving the meth, Pha handed it over to Lenin who, in turn, brought it to sell to an undercover policeman, prompting waiting officers to sweep in and arrest Pha, Thim and Lenin.
Police seized more than 780 grams of meth in the raid.
Dalin was arrested later based on information provided by Pha and Thim, but has maintained her innocence throughout, and continued to do so yesterday.
“I cannot accept this court’s decision because . . . I was not involved,” she said outside the courtroom. “I will appeal it to the Court of Appeal soon.”
Pha, Thim and Lenin, all of whom confessed at trial, declined to comment yesterday.
Pha claimed at the time he had done the deal because he could not afford to pay outstanding hospital bills.