Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Drug sentencing: Coffee shop bust yields 3 years in jail

Drug sentencing: Coffee shop bust yields 3 years in jail

Drug sentencing: Coffee shop bust yields 3 years in jail

A pair of Vietnamese nationals and a Cambodian man were found guilty of drug trafficking on Tuesday and sentenced to three years in jail by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, while three others connected to the case were found not guilty.

Presiding judge Oeung Seang said the two Vietnamese men, 60-year-old Din Van A, a coffee shop owner, and 33-year-old Ly Thoeun, along with Din Van A’s 41-year-old Cambodian son-in-law were arrested on May 16 in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district.

“They were drug users and traffickers. Police spent four months following up and investigating them before they could arrest them at the coffee shop,” the judge said.

He added that at the time of arrest police confiscated 12 packages of methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, a motorbike and a Toyota Camry.

Chan Rady, Buth Ratana and Prak Kosal were also arrested at the coffee shop during the raid in May, but were found not guilty yesterday.

“The court decided to drop charges against them and release them,” the judge said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Malaysia MP accused of ‘influencing law’

    Malaysian Member of Parliament (MP) Larry Sng arrived in Siem Reap early on Wednesday, in what was slammed by one NGO as efforts by Kuala Lumpur to “influence Cambodian law”. The Malaysian Embassy in Phnom Penh requested on January 30 “cooperation from the Ministry of Foreign

  • Ministries begin measures to offset EU’s EBA decision

    In the wake of the EU’s controversial announcement this week that it has begun the withdrawal process for Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential agreement, government ministries and political analysts continued to share their reactions and economic mitigation plans in preparation for the

  • Emirates launches route connecting Phnom Penh, Bangkok

    Emirates will launch a daily service on June 1 linking Phnom Penh (PNH) and Bangkok (BKK). The service from Phnom Penh to Dubai, via Bangkok, will provide more flight options to passengers travelling between the capitals of Cambodia and Thailand. Travellers from the Southeast Asian nations

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s