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Drug sentencing: Coffee shop bust yields 3 years in jail

Drug sentencing: Coffee shop bust yields 3 years in jail

A pair of Vietnamese nationals and a Cambodian man were found guilty of drug trafficking on Tuesday and sentenced to three years in jail by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, while three others connected to the case were found not guilty.

Presiding judge Oeung Seang said the two Vietnamese men, 60-year-old Din Van A, a coffee shop owner, and 33-year-old Ly Thoeun, along with Din Van A’s 41-year-old Cambodian son-in-law were arrested on May 16 in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district.

“They were drug users and traffickers. Police spent four months following up and investigating them before they could arrest them at the coffee shop,” the judge said.

He added that at the time of arrest police confiscated 12 packages of methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, a motorbike and a Toyota Camry.

Chan Rady, Buth Ratana and Prak Kosal were also arrested at the coffee shop during the raid in May, but were found not guilty yesterday.

“The court decided to drop charges against them and release them,” the judge said.

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