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Bartender goes in for marijuana trafficking

MUBANGA NONDO, Ndola
A 35-YEAR-OLD bartender of Lubuto township in Ndola has been sentenced to one year imprisonment with hard labour by the Ndola Magistrate’s Court for trafficking in 36.2 grammes of marijuana.
Adrian Tembo, 35, of house number 5115, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to trafficking in a psychotropic substance and magistrate Chibalo convicted him.
“I have read the facts and I am satisfied that they do disclose the offence you are charged with. I note that you are a first offender who readily admitted the charge without wasting the court’s time.
“However, drug trafficking has become rampant in this town. In this regard, I sentence you to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour, as a deterrent to would be offenders,” Mr Chibalo said.
Tembo on November 13 this year in Ndola, trafficked in 36.2 grammes of marijuana.
In mitigation, Tembo pleaded with the court to exercise leniency on him because he is remorseful for his actions.
Tembo vowed never to smoke marijuana again.
Facts before the court  read  by Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) investigations officer Samson Zulu are that on the material day around 15:00 hours, Mr Paul Chipasha, a DEC assistant investigations officer, received a phone call from Lubuto Police Post that they had detained a suspect who was caught abusing suspected marijuana.
Mr Chipasha found Tembo in custody and transferred him to Ndola Central Police Station.
He also seized the suspected marijuana found in Tembo’s possession.
The substance was taken for analysis at the Food and Drugs Control laboratory in Lusaka where it was confirmed to be marijuana.

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