13 convicted for trafficking in cannabis

By Staff Reporter

 

The Chipata magistrates court, sitting at Mfuwe in Mambwe district, has convicted thirteen people for various offences relating to trafficking in loose cannabis, cannabis seeds and unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants.

Of the thirteen, seven have been sentenced to two years for trafficking in over 11 tonnes of loose cannabis and one year for cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 94 tonnes.

 The court further ruled that the sentences would run

concurrently.

The seven were identified as Stanley Kazembe, 50, popularly known as Satana, Madson Manda, 31, and Maxson Chilando, 43 of Kamwendo village.

Others were Bishirt Banda, 65, Zeddy Mumba, 44, Rudoh Ngosa, 25 and Desho Mwape, 25, of Mumpamanzi village, and Febby Banda, 54, who has been sentenced to one year simple imprisonment for the same charges.

Five juveniles have been placed on probation for one year under the Mpika social welfare office.

Meanwhile, the court has further sentenced Zeddy Mumba to 18 months for trafficking in 186.4 kilograms of dry loose cannabis while two juveniles he was jointly charged with have been put on one year probation.

In passing the judgement, magistrate Lubutwe Hara said she had taken note of the sensitisation conducted by the Commission in the area since 2012 with government officials.

She said the sentences would serve as a deterrent to would be offenders.

The thirteen convicts were nabbed in four major operations conducted by the Drug Enforcement Commission, Zambia Police and the department of National Parks and Wildlife in the area leading to the discovery of several fields of cannabis believed to be supplying various towns in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Eastern Provinces.

The contraband had since been destroyed in an exercise conducted in Mfuwe on Sunday.