An Australian tourist could spend a decade in a Cambodian jail after being arrested on drugs charges.
Police in the coastal resort city of Sihanoukville allege Dino Rossetto tried to sell 40 grams of ice to an undercover officer on Tuesday.
The 50-year-old tourist, who is believed to be from Orange in western New South Wales, was photographed in handcuffs in front of white crystals on digital scales.
Provincial anti-drug police officer Chum Sokunthy said Mr Rossetto was suspected of dealing crystal methamphetamine,The Khmer Times reported.
‘The suspect was an active drug distributor who often brought drugs for sale to foreign tourists at nightclubs and beaches in Preah Sihanouk province,’ claimed Mr Sokunthy.
‘He was arrested when he brought a package of drugs to our undercover police officer code-named B4.’
Mr Rossetto reportedly tested positive for drugs after a urine test, and police seized 40grams of ice along with paraphernalia used to smoke the drug.
The accused has been sent to Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court where he will face questioning.
Mr Rossetto is the second Australian to be arrested in Cambodia on drugs charges in recent months.
Mark Robert Coutelas, 57, star of an iconic 1980s Solo ad campaign, was arrested in the same city for allegedly using and selling ice in July.
Mr Coutelas was previously jailed in Thailand for drugs and firearms offences.