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Suspects in alleged drug dealing ring face court

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court heard a convoluted drug trafficking case yesterday against four suspects, two of whom the police have accused of being in possession of drugs, another who claims she had drugs and a fourth who is already in prison.

According to a police report, UK national Peter Richard Gold, Cambodian-American Em Seng and Gold’s girlfriend Sim Lin were arrested at Gold’s house in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district last February.

Police say they found five marijuana cigarettes, 4.69 grams of meth and a scale at Peter’s house, a claim he has denied.

However, Lin confessed that she placed the drugs in his apartment and asked for Gold to be released.

Seng, who rents a room near Lin, was found in possession of 2.72 grams of meth, but denies he bought it from Lin.

Hal Sophorn, who is serving an eight-year term for drug trafficking, was brought to court on Seng’s claim that he knew Sophorn from Prey Sar prison and had called Sophorn to inquire about drug dealers.

A verdict is expected May 2.

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