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Foreign drug dealers sentenced

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced two foreign nationals to six years in prison on Saturday after finding them guilty of drug trafficking, and sentenced their two Cambodian accomplices to five years each, court officials said.

Jury Council President Suos Sam Ath said that Nigerian Cho For Chosenna, 32, and 36-year-old Frank Joe Sesay of Sierra Leone, along with Cambodians Heng Phalla, 33, and Seng Chenda, 27, were each also fined US$2,500. The four were busted last December with almost 100 grams of methamphetamines.

Heng Phalla admitted she had made an appointment with Seng Chenda to buy drugs on behalf of an undercover police officer, while Seng Chenda said at the trial that “of course” she had used drugs with Chosenna and had called him to buy more.

Chosenna claimed he had been beaten and forced to thumbprint a statement that hadn’t been translated.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lieng Sarith at



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