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Cambodian court sentences Japanese to 25 years for drug smuggling

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A Cambodian court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced a Japanese man to 25 years in prison for drug smuggling.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted Shunichi Nonaka, 72, of "trafficking, storing and smuggling" 1.7 kilograms of methamphetamine.

He was arrested on Feb 15 at Phnom Penh International Airport after the wrapped drugs were found hidden in his luggage as he was about to fly to Japan via Seoul.

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Good, and keep him after the 25 years.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Good, and keep him after the 25 years.

Yes. The war on drugs has been so effective at eradicating drugs, that the world should double down. That will work, right?

...right?

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Sounds like a set up. Why would an old Japanese pensioner want to transport illegal drugs to Japan? It just makes no sense.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

Why would an old Japanese pensioner want to transport illegal drugs to Japan?

For the same reason anyone transports illegal drugs to Japan - to make money.

It just makes no sense.

It makes as much sense as when anyone smuggles drugs.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

Good.

He will never see the outside of prison again at his age, pretty much a life sentence.

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MarkToday 07:30 am JST

Good, and keep him after the 25 years.

Considering his age, I would be surprised if he managed to live that long tbh.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Sounds like a set up. Why would an old Japanese pensioner want to transport illegal drugs to Japan? It just makes no sense.

It is almost always because they are in debt to the yakuza - often a gambling debt. That's why they like loan sharking and such. They get massive interest. If not that, they get a willing slave to do their dirty work.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Not a smart cookie. He would have to pass through 3 countries drug searches, Japan and SK being some of the most strictest. Should of used a container ship like the rest do.

he will die in 2 years in a Cambodian prison.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Common sense if you think about it. How does the old codger know what to buy? How does he know who to buy from, or how much to pay? Once back in Japan, how does he know who to sell to? He is simply a mule being controlled by someone who is most likely in debt to. He does what he is told. His handlers write off his loss as a cost of business.

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@fighto

many things other people do often don’t make sense. We don’t know people’s story, we can’t expect to understand the things they do. That’s life!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

beri gutto,stay there and dont return back

1 ( +3 / -2 )

This story sounds so much like so many others where foreigners go to countries such as these and get caught at the airport with drugs in their suitcases. Most of these foreign tourists claim they didn't know anything about it.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Well, at 72 that is a life sentence. And I don´t expect the Phnon Pen Hilton to be comfortable. Tempted to say poor guy, but no he knew what he was doing.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Shunichi Nonaka, you just made the dumbest mistake in your long life. Enjoy your retirement and holiday in Cambodia.

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