Three young men were handed fines and prison sentences Wednesday after they were convicted for drug use and distribution, while 11 Vietnamese citizens were arrested in a separate drug-related incident Tuesday during a police raid, police said.
Five Vietnamese men and six women were arrested above a Daun Penh district video game parlor, said Phsar Kandal I commune police chief Mok Sopha. Police also confiscated 20 amphetamine pills and materials for smoking them, he said.
Only one of the men will be sent to court on drug distribution charges, while the others, accused of drug use, will be “educated” and released to their parents’ custody, Mok Sopha said.
At Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday, Sok Chan Rith and Sok Sophea were both convicted of distributing drugs, fined about $250 each and sentenced to one year in prison. An accomplice, Chuo Sakahda, was convicted of drug use, fined $50 and sentenced to one month in prison.
The three men, all 18 years old, were arrested June 3 near Sihanouk Hospital in Tuk La’ak III commune with 28 pills of amphetamine, presiding Judge Boninh Bunary said.