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Indonesian facing drug charges

Indonesian facing drug charges

The Siem Reap Provincial Court on Saturday charged Indonesian national Ita Amparawati for allegedly smuggling more 2.5 kilograms of cocaine into the country.

Police arrested Amparawati, 27, on Thursday at 9pm, after seizing three bags of cocaine in her luggage. The suspect flew from the Philippines to Siem Reap and allegedly intended to smuggle the drugs across the Cambodia-Thai border, Siem Reap Provincial Anti-Drug police chief Major Oum Sa Ath said.

Amparawati was charged Saturday with “keeping, transporting and trafficking drugs,” Sa Ath said yesterday. She is being held in Siem Reap’s provincial prison while awaiting trial.

If found guilty of drug trafficking, Amparawati “faces 20 years to life in prison and a fine between 40 million riel and 100 million riel [$10,000 to $25,000],” Sa Ath said.

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