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Taiwanese nationals tried for alleged drug trafficking

Three Taiwanese men and a Cambodian woman were tried for allegedly trafficking and transporting over 1.5 kilograms of drugs and the unlawful possession of a weapon at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday.

Taiwanese nationals Tai Chih Hsing, 43, and Li Yong Fu, 46, and Cambodian Hang Ching Ching, 25, were arrested at NagaWorld casino on January 24 this year. Fellow Taiwanese defendant Kang Ching Chen, 50, was tried in absentia, as he managed to evade arrest.

In addition to drugs, Li had been found to be in possession of a Beretta pistol, the origin of which he gave conflicting accounts about.

The four accused were defended by three lawyers who requested Li’s drug trafficking charge be changed to drug abuse, and the rest of the charges be dropped.

According to the report read in court, the police seized a total of over 1.5 kilograms of meth, MDMA and heroin, with the meth recording a purity of 75.74 per cent.

A verdict will be handed down on September 16.

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