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Woman ‘organised drug deals’ from jail

Woman ‘organised drug deals’ from jail

A woman faced Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday accused of organising drug deals from behind bars at PJ Prison.

Anti-drug trafficking department deputy chief Chea Sam Oeun told the court that Kuy Sreyleak, 32, took phone orders for “African” drug suppliers and a Cambodian drug dealer.

Sreyleak, who is already serving a five-year term at the prison for a prior trafficking conviction, denied the accusation, saying she didn’t have a telephone in jail and only her relatives ever came to visit her.

However, a co-accused, 16-year-old KTV worker Bun Sophorn, told the court she had visited Sreyleak twice in prison with her boyfriend, Pon Samnieng.

Sophorn, who is in pre-trial detention, denied selling drugs and said she was arrested on June 29 last year after Samnieng told her to take a bag of drugs from the suppliers to a buyer.

“When I got there, people in a car called me in and arrested me,” she said, adding that police brought her to Samnieng’s place and found more drugs, but he had already fled.

Sreyleak’s lawyer requested the court reinvestigate. Judge Meng Tony said the verdict would be announced on July 7.

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