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Vietnamese nationals guilty of drug charges

Vietnamese nationals guilty of drug charges

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Three Vietnamese nationals were convicted of drug trafficking yesterday and sentenced to between two and four years in jail by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Hong Menea/Phnom Penh Post
36-year-old Vietnamese national Vo Sinhong (front) was found guilty of producing and dealing drugs.

Duch Kimsorn, presiding judge of the court, said that 36-year-old Vo Sinhong was found guilty of producing and dealing drugs, while two others – his 29-year-old wife, Nguyen Thi Ngok, and 22-year-old Tin Tay – were found guilty of being accomplices.

Vo Sinhong was sentenced to four years in jail and fined five million riel (US$1,230), while his wife was sentenced to two years in jail and fined four million riel, the judge said. Tin Tay was sentenced to three years in jail and fined four million riel, he added.

The trio was arrested last April after police raided their home in Chamkarmon district’s Tuol Svay Prey II commune and found half a kilogramme of methamphetamines, along with drug-making materials.
The three convicts declined to comment on their sentences yesterday.

However, during the trial in January, Vo Sinhong admitted to dealing drugs, but said he had not produced them.

“I confess that I used to be a drug dealer, but I was not a drug producer. I would like to ask the court to reduce my sentence,” Vo Sinhong said at trial.

Nguyen Thi Ngok and Tin Tay denied any involvement at the trial.

“I am an innocent person. I was not aware of this activity of drug trafficking,” Tin Tay said in court, adding that the accusations against him were an “injustice”.

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