Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Australian drug smuggler jailed in Cambodia

Radio Australia

An Australian man has been sentenced to six years in prison in Cambodia for trying to smuggle drugs out of the country.

Simon Peter Conway, 50, was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to six years and a $US2,500 fine.

He was arrested in October at Phnom Penh Airport after authorities found 40 grammes of the methamphetamine known as 'ice' with him.

Conway's lawyer Dun Vibol says he has already filed an appeal seeking to have the prison sentence reduced.

Cambodia is an increasingly popular trafficking point for methamphetamines and heroin, particularly since neighbouring Thailand toughened its stance on illegal drugs in 2002.

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