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Drug sentence: Court finds family guilty of trafficking

Drug sentence: Court finds family guilty of trafficking

A family of four charged with involvement in drug trafficking was found guilty by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday and sentenced to 24 months in prison each, although the court then reduced the sentences for each of the four to between 18 and 10 months.

Judge Ly Lip Meng said yesterday that Pich Ponnareay, 34, and his godbrother, Sok Heng, 34, had been found guilty of drug trafficking and given a reduced sentence of 18 months in prison each due to evidence, which consisted of 11 packages and four tablets of methamphetamines as well as drug-related materials, police seized from the family’s Sen Sok district home last November.

Ponnareay’s parents, Srong Tha, 52, and Sou Neang Neary, 64, were each given a reduced sentence of 10 months for providing a venue for trafficking.

“Although all suspects denied the accusations, based on the hearings and evidence, the court has found them guilty,” Judge Lip Meng said.

The four accused and their lawyers could not be reached yesterday.

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