CAMBODIA JAILS THREE FOREIGNERS OVER HEROIN

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PHNOM PENH: A Cambodian court sentenced three foreigners from Australia, France and Nigeria to between 23 and 27 years in prison on Wednesday for attempted heroin smuggling. Australian woman Yoshe Ann Taylor, 41, and French woman Charlene Savarino, 19, were arrested at Phnom Penh International Airport with 2.2 kilos (4.8 pounds) of heroin in a backpack in September last year. Precious Chineme Nwoko, 23, from Nigeria was arrested the same month at his rental home in the capital. Judge Kor Vandy at Phnom Penh Municipal Court said the three defendants were guilty of “cross-border smuggling of illegal drugs.” Savarino was sentenced to 25 years in jail, while Taylor was handed 23 years and Nwoko received a 27-year jail term.

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