Four people were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for trafficking the largest haul of methamphetamine ever seized in the country.
Cambodian defendant Liv Soeu, 43, and Chinese nationals Deng Yuan Ping, 53, and Ly Yong, 43, were present at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court as the guilty verdict was delivered. Dam Nha, a Stung Treng City councilor, was convicted in absentia and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Chinese national Ly Yong leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday after being sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily) “The court decides to sentence Liv Soeu, Deng Yuan Ping, Ly Yong and Dam Nha to life in prison and fine them 60 million riel [about $15,000] each for drug manufacturing, possession and trafficking,” Presiding Judge Pech Vicheathor announced.
Mr. Soeu’s girlfriend, Phal Rany, 24, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined 6 million riel, or about $1,500, for helping the men manufacture and distribute the drugs—nearly 55 kg of meth and heroin worth about $3 million.
The court also froze bank accounts belonging to the three Cambodian defendants and seized land and property owned by Mr. Soeu and Mr. Nha in the provinces of Ratanakkiri and Stung Treng.

The drugs at the center of the case—38 kg

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