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Cambodian court jails Nigerian, American for 25 years over drug trafficking

A Cambodian court, on Wednesday, sentenced an American man and his Nigerian accomplice to 25 years imprisonment for drug trafficking.

American Matthew David Sample, 40, and Nigerian David Vincent, 48, were arrested in Phnom Penh in February 2021 for allegedly trafficking 1.31 kg of crystal meth and nimetazepam.

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According to a Chinese platform, Xinhua, the two men were charged with “drug possession, transport and trafficking” under Article 40 of the Cambodian Law on Drugs Control, said the verdict read by Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s Presiding Judge Kim Sokunthea.

“Based on the seized evidence, the court has found them guilty of illicit drug possession, transport and trafficking,” the verdict said.

“Therefore, the court decides to sentence each of them to 25 years in prison.”

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The court also ordered both of them to pay a fine of 10,000 U.S. dollars, it added.

According to the verdict, the court also sentenced another Cambodian accomplice Theam Tola, 34, to three years in jail and fined him 1,000 dollars over the same case

During a hearing in December last year, they confessed to the crime, saying that they possessed the drugs and tried to sell them for money, as they had no jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Southeast Asian nation has no death sentence for illicit drug traffickers. Under its law, those found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of illicit drugs could be imprisoned for life.

According to the country’s Anti-Drug Police Department, the authorities arrested 14,784 drug-related suspects in 2022, seizing a total of 14.5 tons of all kinds of illicit drugs.

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