Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Drug trafficking: Court finds quintet guilty of meth deal

Drug trafficking: Court finds quintet guilty of meth deal

Drug trafficking: Court finds quintet guilty of meth deal

Four Vietnamese nationals and a Cambodian who were arrested in a drug sting last year and accused of trafficking 169 grams of methamphetamine were convicted yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Presiding judge Kor Vandy sentenced Vietnamese nationals Chov Sambo and Nguyen Thi La to seven-year jail terms and fined both of them US$2,750.

Their compatriots Trang Thi Muey and Bou Daing Yung were sentenced to four years and three and a half years respectively, and fined $1,250 and $2,750, while Cambodian Kim Nak was handed a five-year jail term.  

All five men were arrested by the Ministry of Interior’s anti-drug police in September in the capital after a police officer posed as a buyer and asked Kim Nak to purchase methamphetamine at an inflated price.

Kim Nak then allegedly contacted the Vietnamese nationals, who secured the drugs.

All five accused said they would file appeals.

Kim Nak said he was not a drug trafficker, but had been duped by the police officer, who disguised herself as a buyer.

“She telephoned me and wanted to buy drugs. She promised she would give me $500 per gram of drugs. To make money to support my family, I decided to find the drug sellers for her,” he said yesterday.

Khieu Saman, director of the anti-drug department at the Ministry of Interior, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong

  • 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