A Nigerian who claimed to be a footballer, Francis Ihenwe Oderah, was on Monday July 4, sentenced in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Cambodia to eight years in jail and fined about $10,000 for drugs.
30-year-old Oderah had 100 grams of meth in his possession when he was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Choam Chao commune in January. During his hearing on June 7, the accused confessed that he indeed acted as a delivery man but claimed he was not a dealer.
It also was revealed that the meth he was carrying had a purity of about 72 per cent.
Oderah will carry out his sentence in Prey Sar prison, where he has been detained since his arrest in January. Judge Svay Tonh also ruled that three phones and a passport taken from the defendant upon his arrest would be returned [at the end of his prison term in 2024
Oderah left Nigeria, telling his family and friends he was going to play football, but it was drug business.