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Duo tried after covert drug bust

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case of two men charged with drug trafficking after allegedly facilitating a sizeable methamphetamine sale between a dealer and an undercover police officer.

According to the testimony of the two accused – Taing Ly and Hean Kim Hun – a man named Deth, who was actually an undercover officer, had approached Ly asking if he had drugs to sell, or could put him in contact with someone who did.

When Ly said he knew a supplier named Vy – whom police are still hunting – Deth requested 2 kilos, but ultimately settled for 1 kilo, as it was all Vy had on hand.

In court, Ly admitted to acting as middleman, but he insisted “I am not the seller; I just matched them up”.

Likewise, Kim Hun, who delivered the drugs from an intermediary of Vy’s to Ly, admitted he transported contraband to Ly and others “a few times, and got between $100 and $200 each time”.

Both men asked for reduced sentences as they were not the principle seller. A verdict is due on April 31.



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