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Mother accused of muling son drugs

A woman is slated to appear in court today for allegedly bringing 10 packets of crystal methamphetamine to her son in Kandal prison hidden inside of hollowed-out fruit.

Sat Borany, 61, on Monday sequestered the illicit care package inside two mangoes after removing their seeds, according to Yoeun Sokcheth, deputy provincial police chief in Kandal.

“Her son was serving his jail term after he was sentenced in November 2011 for robbery,” Sokcheth said. “He had two months left. She used to come to visit him and would often bring food for her son.”

Initially when questioned by police, Borany claimed to know nothing, and suggested someone else had hollowed out the mangoes to hide the ice, which totalled 6.01 grams.

But when questioned further, the mother allegedly admitted she had brought drugs into the prison no less than seven times by different methods.

On one such occasion, she tied the packets to a brick, which she then threw over the prison walls. Sokcheth said police received a tip-off from prison guards and had received permission from the provincial court prosecutor to search the woman.

He said this was the first case so far this year where police had detected drug smuggling by visitors to the prison inmates.

There was a similar case last year at the same prison, in which a relative of a detainee wrapped drugs in plastic and placed them inside a chicken’s neck, which was then placed in a soup.

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