Two Lao men were convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison and two ethnic Kuoy men to 20 years for trafficking about two kilograms of methamphetamine in 2012.
According to Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Sous Sam Ath, Laotians Amphorn Koumphoan, 30, and Vongphim Khambai, 52, along with Nath Thorng, 36, and Nath Suth, 18, both from Cambodia, smuggled the drugs across the Lao border into the Kingdom, in violation of article 40 of Cambodia’s anti-drug law.
The group was apprehended by undercover police officers to whom they tried selling the drugs in December 2012.
Amphorn and Khambai were also fined $12,500, while Thorng and Suth were fined $5,000.
According to Heap Daroath, chief of the Ministry of Interior’s anti-drug unit, officers spent a month investigating and establishing a relationship with the group before they agreed to sell the drugs for about $10,000.
The four suspects and their lawyers could not be reached yesterday.