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Nigerian heroin traffickers convicted

Two men and one woman from Nigeria were convicted yesterday on drug trafficking charges, according to Suos Sam Ath, presiding judge of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Famud Tariq, 50, was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment; Amed Zardari, 33, was convicted and sentenced to one year and seven months imprisonment; and Mumtaz Qadri, 32, female, was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment. All three were also fined 10 million riel each (about US$2,500). In July 2009, police raided their guesthouse in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district, confiscated about 500 methamphetamine pills and half of a kilogramme of heroin.

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