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10 months hard labour for dagga trafficker

CHALI MULENGA – Livingstone
THE Livingstone Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a man of Livingstone to 10 months imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in 70.3 grammes of marijuana.
This is in a case in which Ben Chanda, 27, was charged with trafficking in a psychotropic substance.
Chanda on February 9 this year, trafficked in 70.3 grammes of marijuana, a herbal product of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.
Facts of the case are that Chanda was found in possession of four balls of marijuana at Zambezi Sawmills by Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) officers.
In mitigation, Chanda begged for forgiveness because he takes care of his grandmother.
Passing the sentence, magistrate Adsen Shanduba said: “When you are wrong you should simply admit that I am wrong and I am sorry for what I did. What you said that it [marijuana] was for blood pressure, it is not true looking at the way it was packed.”
Mr Shanduba said it is important for Chanda to know that it is an offence to smoke marijuana.
“I have heard what you have said in mitigation and that you a first offender, I will send you to jail for 10 months imprisonment with hard labour so that you can reflect on your actions.
“It is effective from the date of your arrest and I will grant you leave to appeal to the High Court within 14 days if you are not satisfied with my sentence,” Mr Shanduba said.

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