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Kabwe court jails marijuana trafficker

KALUNGA MUSONDA, Kabwe
A 38-YEAR-OLD man of Kabwe has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in marijuana.
Kabwe Principle resident magistrate John Mbuzi jailed Lloyd Phiri of new Maganda area after he pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in a psychotropic substance.
Phiri on July 24, this year in Kabwe, trafficked in 13.7 grammes of marijuana, a herbal product of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.
In the second count, Phiri on July 24, this year in Kabwe, trafficked in 30 grammes of marijuana, a herbal product of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.
Facts before the court read by Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) officer Sikute Muliokela are that  on July 24 this year, DEC officers received information that a man was dealing in drugs in Maganda area.
Ms Muliokela said DEC officers visited Phiri’s house and conducted a search.
She said the DEC officers found suspected marijuana and seized the contraband.
The suspected drugs were sent to the Food and Drugs Control laboratory at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where it was confirmed to be marijuana weighing 13.7 grammes.
In the second count, Ms Muliokela said DEC officers searched Phiri’s bedroom and seized suspected marijuana weighing 30 grammes.
Ms Muliokela said Phiri admitted the two counts and was arrested for drug tracking.
In mitigation, Phiri asked the court to be lenient on him because he is married with two children.
“I am married and I am looking after my sick parents, if I am jailed my family will suffer,” Phiri said.
Passing the sentence, Mr Mbuzi said he had considered Phiri’s mitigation and sentenced him to one year imprisonment in the first count and three months in the second count.
The sentences will run consecutively.




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