Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday sentenced three
Taiwanese citizens between 12 and 20 years in prison for their involvement in
the export of more than 1.2 kilograms of heroin from Cambodia.
Huang Chih Huang, 34, was sentenced to 20 years in prison
and fined 60 million riel, or about $15,000. Lin Hui Min, 17, and Wu Chia Hsun,
16, both women, received 12 years and fines of 40 million riel, about $10,000, each.
The three are being held at Prey Sar prison, on the
outskirts of Phnom Penh, following their arrest
in December 2007 at Phnom Penh
when police confiscated heroin packets hidden under their clothes.
"The three confessed that they were hired to bring
heroin from Cambodia to Taiwan,"
court deputy prosecutor Sok Kalyan said. "They are poor, and they did that
Lawyers for the three were not available for comment.
Center for Social Development court monitor Hang Charya said
the three had confessed to transporting the drugs for money.
Lor Ramin, secretary-general of the National Authority for
Combating Drugs, said Friday that police were so far only able to arrest people
who are hired to transport the drugs, instead of breaking up the organized crime network
Police are continuing the investigation into the drug
network, but would require help from Interpol, Lor Ramin said.
Taiwanese groups committed some of the most drug trafficking