Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Women in court over meth haul at airport

Women in court over meth haul at airport

Women in court over meth haul at airport

5 Pinw Jansod Utsatee Hollaus Nanthitya

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case of two Thai women charged with drug trafficking, after one was allegedly caught with close to five kilograms of methamphetamine powder at Phnom Penh International Airport in August last year.

Presiding judge Suos Sam Ath said that Thai nationals Pinwjansod Utsatee, 21, and Hollaus Nathitya, 28, were charged with the possession, transportation and trafficking of illegal drugs, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Anti-drug police and customs officers arrested Utsatee at the airport on August 13 last year after she arrived from Ghana, while Nathitya was arrested on the same day in a Tuol Kork hotel where she was waiting to receive the drugs, the judge said.

“Pinwjansod Utsatee has smuggled drugs from Ghana. Her destination was Thailand via Cambodia. She was arrested after going through immigration and collecting her luggage,” he told the court.

Captain Sin Sophal, deputy chief of the anti-drug police office at the Ministry of Interior, said that according to a police investigation, the two women were members of a drug trafficking network based out of Thailand.

The women denied the charges in court yesterday.

Utsatee said that in early August last year, she had accompanied her Ghanaian husband to visit his parents in Ghana.

Before returning alone, her husband’s friend asked her to deliver a package to an unidentified person in Cambodia, she told the court.

“I had checked there were no drugs or any illegal materials in his package . . . I would not risk death [by travelling] with these drugs,” she said.

Nathitya said her Nigerian husband asked her to come to Phnom Penh from Thailand to receive a package, that she did not know contained drugs, from his friend in Ghana.

Their verdict will be handed down on May 31.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,