Women Get Decades in Jail for Meth Smuggling

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuedsay sentenced a Thai woman to 30 years in jail and a Cambodian woman to 20 years for smuggling methamphetamine in a suitcase from Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh.

“The court finds you guilty of drug trafficking,” Presiding Judge Kor Vandy told Thai national Chingpang Wilawan, 29, and Keo Davy, 44.

The women were also fined 80 million riel (about $20,000) and 50 million riel (about $12,500), respectively. Ms. Chingpang was arrested in August last year at Phnom Penh International Airport after arriving from Kuala Lumpur with nearly five kg of powdered methamphetamine stashed inside her suitcase.

Ms. Davy was arrested shortly afterwards as she arrived at the airport to pick up the suitcase containing the drugs.

She claimed at the time that she had been persuaded by an African man to collect the suitcase.

Speaking outside the courthouse Tuesday, Ms. Davy told reporters that she planned to appeal the verdict. “I do not accept it,” she said.

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