Two Nigerian men, Boniface Okoro Chukwuka and Frank Obiora Dozie, will spend the rest of their lives in a Cambodian prison after a Phnom Penh Municipal Court after they were found guilty of drug trafficking.
Cambodian Express reports that the convicts were arrested on July 13, 2017, by Anti-Drug Police working with Customs Police at the Phnom Penh airport and were charged with smuggling more than a kilogram of cocaine into Cambodia from Colombia.
Presiding Judge Seng Rithy, said that after their arrests, police seized 189 packs of cocaine, weighing 1.1 kilos, which were hidden in a box containing imitation jewelry that had been couriered to Cambodia.
During the trial, Chukwuka, 28, who got life imprisonment, had admitted to the crime while Dozie, 34, claimed innocence.
Chukwuka said that he bought the drugs for $15,000 from a Nigerian man in Colombia and intended to sell it in Thailand.
In his confession, he said:
“The drugs seized belonged to me. I imported them from Colombia. I acknowledge that I have made a mistake. I would like to request a lenient sentence.”
Dozie said he knew Chukwuka but did not know anything about the drugs. He said that he was arrested because he was staying with Chukwuka when police raided his rental house in Chom Chao commune last year.
“I am innocent. I would like to ask the court to drop the charge and release me.”
However, deputy prosecutor Kol Bun said the two accused belonged to a group of foreign drug traffickers who were hiding in Cambodia.