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Ten years for trafficker duo

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a woman and a man to 10 years in prison each on drug-trafficking charges after their arrest in Sen Sok district last year.

“Based on the hearing and the evidence, the court has found that Noun Sengna and Ly Rann are guilty,” presiding judge Meng Tony said yesterday. “So the court has decided to sentence them to 10 years each in prison and a fine: 20 million riel [about $5,000] each.”

A third suspect, Neang Manith, 27, was acquitted, he added.

Colonel Mak Hong, chief of Sen Sok district police, said that the three were arrested in a raid on their apartment in October 2014.

In the course of the bust, police seized 15 packages of methamphetamine powder weighing a total of nearly 500 grams.

Meanwhile, the Phnom Penh court yesterday also heard the case of six men arrested while allegedly selling crystal methamphetamine to undercover police officers posing as buyers in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district last year.

Presiding judge Keo Mony identified the suspects as Mao Serey Ratanak, 24; Thai Sovannthea, 35; Sen Dara, 35; Kim Song, 35; Chey Tha, 35; and Heang Lorsak, 24.

Brigadier General San Suthy, deputy chief of the Anti-Drug Police Department in the Ministry of Interior, said the six accused were busted at a meet with undercover officers, who had contacted the men seeking to buy meth at $48,000 a kilo.

At their hearing, the six said they were only middlemen for another dealer, and asked for reduced sentences.

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