Two Nigerians, American Stand Trial For Alleged Drug Trafficking In Cambodia, Face Life Sentence

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Presiding Judge Kim Sokunthea named the four accused persons as English teachers Chineme Nwoko Precious (41) and David Vincent, 48 (Nigerians); Matthew David Sample, 40 (American); and Theam Tola, 36 Cambodian national, and Chinese and English language interpreter.
Four former teachers, comprising two Nigerians, one American and a Cambodian, on Wednesday are standing trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Cambodia for selling more than two kilogrammes of meth to undercover police officers in 2021.

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Presiding Judge Kim Sokunthea named the four accused persons as English teachers Chineme Nwoko Precious (41) and David Vincent, 48 (Nigerians); Matthew David Sample, 40 (American); and Theam Tola, 36 Cambodian national, and Chinese and English language interpreter.

According to KHMER TIMES, Judge Sokunthea said they all were charged with “drug possession, transport and trafficking” under Article 40 of Cambodian Law on Drugs Control.

If convicted, they each face a jail term of 20 years or a life sentence.

Judge Sokunthea said Thean Tola was arrested by the anti-drug department police at the Ministry of Interior while trying to sell the drug to an undercover police officer who posed as a drug dealer near Chroy Changvar bridge on the National Road 6 on February 5 last year.

“Police seized more than one kilogramme of meth and another 360 grammes of metapazam from him. After Tola’s confession, police prepared a sting operation and arrested the other suspects involved,” she added.

Sample was arrested on the same day at about 7:30 pm from Tuol Kork district’s Phsar Depo commune, and police seized 17 small packages of ice weighing 14.7gms from him.

The arrest of Vincent was made on February 6 in Dangkor commune and the police seized almost one kilogramme of meth from him.

Based on his confession, police went to Prey Sar prison on February 8 to mark the arrest of Chineme, who was languishing in the prison for 27 years in a separate drug trafficking case dated back to 2009.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Tola, Sample and Vincent admitted to the offence and said they tried to sell the drug for money. They, however, denied that they were the owners of the drug.

While confessing to drug possession and use, they said they consumed the meth for fun because they were sitting idle and had no work during the Covid-19 outbreak in 2021.

They asked the court to show leniency and give a reduced penalty.

During the hearing, Tola told the court that the drug police found from him belonged to Sample, who allegedly sold it to him for $100.

Four former teachers, comprising two Nigerians, one American and a Cambodian, on Wednesday stood trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Cambodia for selling more than two kilogrammes of meth to undercover police officers in 2021.

Presiding Judge Kim Sokunthea named the four accused persons as English teachers Chineme Nwoko Precious (41) and David Vincent, 48 (Nigerians); Matthew David Sample, 40 (American); and Theam Tola, 36 Cambodian national, and Chinese and English language interpreter.

According to KHMER TIMES, Judge Sokunthea said they all were charged with “drug possession, transport and trafficking” under Article 40 of Cambodian Law on Drugs Control.

If convicted, they each face a jail term of 20 years or a life sentence.

Judge Sokunthea said Thean Tola was arrested by the anti-drug department police at the Ministry of Interior while trying to sell the drug to an undercover police officer who posed as a drug dealer near Chroy Changvar bridge on the National Road 6 on February 5 last year.

“Police seized more than one kilogramme of meth and another 360 grammes of metapazam from him. After Tola’s confession, police prepared a sting operation and arrested the other suspects involved,” she added.

Sample was arrested on the same day at about 7:30 pm from Tuol Kork district’s Phsar Depo commune, and police seized 17 small packages of ice weighing 14.7gms from him.

The arrest of Vincent was made on February 6 in Dangkor commune and the police seized almost one kilogramme of meth from him.

Based on his confession, police went to Prey Sar prison on February 8 to mark the arrest of Chineme, who was languishing in the prison for 27 years in a separate drug trafficking case dated back to 2009.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Tola, Sample and Vincent admitted to the offence and said they tried to sell the drug for money. They, however, denied that they were the owners of the drug.

While confessing to drug possession and use, they said they consumed the meth for fun because they were sitting idle and had no work during the Covid-19 outbreak in 2021.

They asked the court to show leniency and give a reduced penalty.

During the hearing, Tola told the court that the drug police found from him belonged to Sample, who allegedly sold it to him for $100.

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