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‘Footballer’ tried for delivering drugs in Phnom Penh

Nigerian national Francis Ihenwe Oderah stands at a police station in Phnom Penh after he was arrested for drug possession in January of this year. National Police
Nigerian national Francis Ihenwe Oderah stands at a police station in Phnom Penh after he was arrested for drug possession in January of this year. National Police

‘Footballer’ tried for delivering drugs in Phnom Penh

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case of a self-described footballer allegedly arrested with 100 grams of methamphetamine in the capital’s Choam Chao commune in January.

During the short hearing, defendant Francis Ihenwe Oderah, 30, a Nigerian national, confessed to having acted as a delivery man, but asked the court for clemency as he was not a dealer himself.

“A woman called me to receive the drugs from a motodop and then bring those drugs to customers, promising to give me $50. When I got the drugs, I brought them to her customers near a petrol station in Choam Chao and the police arrested me,” Oderah said in a statement to police, which was read aloud in court and confirmed by Oderah himself.

Oderah said he knew the woman only over the phone, and had been put in touch with her by a Nigerian friend.

A test of the 100 grams of meth, the results of which were also read in court, showed they had a purity of about 72 per cent.

Oderah yesterday asked the court to release him, saying “I know I was wrong to break the law”.

A verdict is due on July 4.

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