Chi­nese men sen­tenced to life in prison for drug trafficking

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A CAM­BO­DIAN court sen­tenced two Chi­nese na­tion­als and a lo­cal man to life in prison yes­ter­day for trafficking 55 kilo­grams (121 pounds) of metham­phetamine and heroin, one of the coun­try’s big­gest drug seizures.

The two men – Ly Yong, 43, and Deng Yuan Ping, 53 – were ar­rested in June last year along­side a Cam­bo­dian cou­ple af­ter a po­lice raid un­cov­ered the drugs worth an es­ti­mated US$3 mil­lion.

The heroin and meth were smug­gled from the Golden Tri­an­gle – the re­gion along the bor­ders of Myan­mar, Thai­land and Laos which re­mains a ma­jor global drug pro­duc­tion hub. They were des­tined for the mar­ket both in Cam­bo­dia and abroad, po­lice said.

Judge Pech Vicheathor found the two Chi­nese and the lo­cal man guilty both of pro­duc­ing and trafficking drugs.

The trio were also fined a to­tal of 180 mil­lion riel ($45,000).

The Cam­bo­dian man’s girl­friend was also jailed for five years and fined six mil­lion riel ($1500) for her in­volve­ment.

An­other Cam­bo­dian man, who re­mains at large, was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment in his ab­sence.

Cam­bo­dia has be­come a pop­u­lar smug­gling route for nar­cotics, par­tic­u­larly metham­phetamine and heroin, since neigh­bour­ing Thai­land tough­ened its stance on il­le­gal drugs in the early 2000s. –

Photo: EPA

Chi­nese na­tion­als Deng Yuan Ping (left) and Ly Yong ar­rive at the mu­nic­i­pal court in Ph­nom Penh. The court sen­tenced the duo to life in prison for trafficking 55kg of heroin and metham­phetamine from Laos.

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