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Duo jailed for two years after drug bust

A court yesterday sentenced a taxi driver and his accomplice to two years in prison for smuggling methamphetamine.

Sous Sam Ath, presiding judge at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said the two men, Mean Chantha, 22, a construction worker, and Hun Kimheng, 26, a taxi driver, had been caught with about 1kg of methamphetamine in the capital’s Sen Sok district in May.

“The court has decided to sentence the two men to two years in prison for drug trafficking,” he said.

Police believed the men had intended to sell 1,000 yama pills.

Although the two men could not be reached for comment yesterday, during their trial, Chantha blamed his co-accused, saying that he paid him to hold the money.

“The drugs belonged to Hun Kimheng. He asked me to give them to a man waiting in a car outside the guesthouse,” he said.

“He promised to give me 100,000 riel ($25) if I did it. I was not the owner of the drugs.”

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