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Vietnamese duo tried over alleged meth sale

Two foreign women were tried by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for allegedly selling 100 grams of methamphetamine to undercover police officers in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district in May.

Presiding judge Top Chhun Heng said that Vietnamese nationals Nguyen Thi Bir, 40, and Ngo Binh Ngoam, 53, colluded to sell the drugs, with Nguyen allegedly delivering the package of drugs to Ngo, who then sold it to the officer.

At trial, both women denied being drug traffickers, but admitted to working as middlemen for a Vietnamese dealer named “Pich Nhanh”, who allegedly offered each of the women a commission for finding customers, and who is still at large.

“I was not the drug trafficker,” Ngo testified. “The reason why I decided to do this work is because Pich Nhanh promised to give me a $50 commission, but so far I didn’t receive a cent of money from him.”

Under Cambodia’s Anti-Drug Law, the two face at least five years’ imprisonment if found guilty of the charge of drug trafficking.

A verdict is to be delivered on December 3.

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