Woman Charged for Attempt to Smuggle Meth Inside a Chicken

The Kandal Provincial Court on Monday charged a 33-year-old woman with drug trafficking following her arrest Sunday for attempting to smuggle a small quantity of crystal methamphetamine into the provincial prison by hiding the drug inside the neck of a whole chicken she cooked into a soup for an inmate.

On Sunday morning, Set Ya, 33, showed up at the prison with the soup in hand and asked to deliver it to convicted rapist Khieu Rainsey, 29, prison director Chat Sineang said Monday.

Two plastic bags containing crystal methamphetamine and the chicken neck they were removed from are displayed at the Kandal Provincial Prison on Sunday. (Duong Sidon)
Two plastic bags containing crystal methamphetamine and the chicken neck they were removed from are displayed at the Kandal Provincial Prison on Sunday. (Duong Sidon)

“When she visited the prisoner at 9 a.m., we asked to check the soup she brought. It was then that we found a small plastic package of ‘ice’ inside the neck of the chicken in the soup,” Mr. Sineang said, using the street name for crystal methamphetamine.

Mr. Sineang said the half-gram of methamphetamine was sealed in a pair of plastic bags, rolled up tightly in packaging tape and stuffed down the bird’s throat. He added that Ms. Ya was detained by prison guards immediately following the discovery and handed over to the provincial police.

The warden said the guards had been suspicious of Ms. Ya since about a month ago, when she began accompanying a group of friends to the prison to visit their family members. About two weeks ago, she met a prisoner named Mut Bora, 29—who was jailed on attempted murder charges in 2007—and the two became romantically involved, he said.

But Ms. Ya almost never visited her new boyfriend, instead bringing food to other inmates, according to Mr. Sineang.

“We suspected that she was bringing in drugs, because why would she not visit her boyfriend?” he said. “Not to mention how friendly her relationships with the other prisoners were.”

Duong Sidon, chief of the provincial police’s anti-drug bureau, said Ms. Ya told police during questioning that she had meant to smuggle the methamphetamine into the prison for Mr. Bora, but claimed it was the first time she had attempted to do so.

Mr. Rainsey, Mr. Sidon said, “didn’t know there were drugs in the soup.”

However, Chhiv Rindy, chief clerk for the provincial court prosecutor, said Ms. Ya, Mr. Rainsey and Mr. Bora were all charged over the crime Monday.

“A total of three people have been charged with possession, transport and trafficking of drugs,” he said, adding that Mr. Rainsey and Mr. Bora were sent back to the prison along with their new fellow inmate, Ms. Ya.

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