Former YOG cyclist jailed and caned for drugs

ALVAN SIO | 27th Jul 2015 | NEWS

Yet another national cyclist has found himself in trouble with the law in just under a week.

22 year old Alvin Phoon Hui Zhi was sentenced to five years’ jail and five strokes of the cane last week.

This is the price he has to pay for being found guilty of drug trafficking and consumption, said the Straits Times.

Phoon acted as the middleman selling Cannabis or ‘weed’ to friends, after buying it from a trafficker called ‘Roy’. These acts were uncovered when police arrested his friend Andre Wong Chu Xiang, 21, in June last year.Wong gave Phoon up as the source of no less than 5.23g of ‘weed’ that was found in his home.

He transacted with Wong a total of three times. Each transaction would cost $250, of which Phoon would make $50 from.

Said his former training partner Sallehin Muhammad Salleh, a civil servant, “If he had an avenue like biking to let out stress, maybe he would not have gone down this path.” Although Phoon raced with the national flag on his back in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), he quickly lost interest in the sport about two years back.