Nine Nigerian nationals, including their ringleader still at large,
and a Cambodian woman were sentenced to five to eight
years in prison and fined a total of 126 million riel ($30,663)
for drug trafficking at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday,
Nine out of the 10 accused were arrested on January 8, after
being found in possession of nearly a kilogram of
methamphetamine powder that was intended for sale around
Phnom Penh. Their ringleader, Obieze Kennth Uche, also
known as John remains at large. The convicts include, Tony
Chukwuonye, two brothers, Okorom Favour and Okorom
Kizito Chinedu, Francis Nnamdi, Simon Maduka Ukandu,
Sunday Nwabuisi, Nna Mezie Victor, Izuchukwu Chukwuma.
“The court is ordering the arrest of Obieze Kenneth Uche,”
Judge Khy Chai said. “After the verdict comes into effect, all
nine foreigners, after serving their jail terms, have to be
deported out of Cambodia and prevented from entering
Cambodia for the next five years.”
On the last day of the trial, it was revealed that only two out
of the 15 samples collected tested positive for meth, with 4
and 5 percent purity, respectively.
In the same hearing, Cambodian national Morm Vonyong, 25,
admitted to delivering drugs to customers several times in
exchange for $100. Her attorney, Lay Longdy, said he will be
appealing the verdict.