Cambodia anti-drug chief sentenced for corruption

By the Associated Press | January 5, 2012 | 1:26 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court official says the former head of Cambodia's anti-drug trafficking agency has been sentenced to life in prison for drug-related corruption.

Prosecutor Phan Vanrath says the Banteay Meanchey provincial court on Thursday sentenced former police Lt. Gen. Moek Dara for taking bribes and masterminding drug trafficking.

Moek Dara was secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs before his arrest in January 2011.

His aide Chea Leng was sentenced to life in prison on the same charges. Former anti-drug officer Morn Deurn, who remains at large, was sentenced in absentia to 25 years.

The court, about 300 kilometers (190 miles) northwest of Phnom Penh, fined the trio nearly a half million dollars — the same amount they took in bribes.