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Sentences heavy for smugglers

Sentences heavy for smugglers

Two foreign nationals accused of smuggling 2.9 kilograms of cocaine into the Kingdom for an international drug-trafficking ring were convicted in the capital on Monday.

Corro Zuzunaga Enrique Bruno, 54, a Peruvian citizen, and Promkhot Phattarawadee, 31, a Thai national, were each sentenced to 25 years in prison and fined 25 million riel [about $6,250], for violating Article 40 of Cambodia’s Anti-Drug Law, said Kor Vandy, presiding judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Bruno was arrested at Phnom Penh International Airport on May 7, carrying 10 metal tubes filled with cocaine, smuggled from Venezuela.

Promkhot was arrested two days later at Lucky Guesthouse in Tuol Kork district after anti-drug police had Bruno call his employer in Thailand to arrange delivery of the drugs.

Promkhot and Bruno could not be reached for comment. However, a security officer employed at Prey Sar prison, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Post that both suspects have filed appeals.

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