A 23 year old woman of Mansa has been sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for 12 months for trafficking in Psychotropic substances contrary to Section 6 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances Act chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.
Before Magistrate George Mulenga was Astridah Mwanga of Kolongo Village in Chief Chimese’s Chiefdom who was found with seven balls of cannabis weighing 14.2 kilograms.
Particulars of the offence are that on 4 July, 2015 Officers from Drug Enforcement Commission received a report from concerned citizens that there was a woman who was selling suspected marijuana from her home.
Acting upon the information, Officers from Drug Enforcement Commission searched the suspect’s house and found seven balls of suspected marijuana which were later confirmed to be cannabis after tests were conducted in Lusaka.
In mitigation, Mwanga pleaded with the court to be lenient with her as she was a first offender and had a little baby whose life would be affected if sent to prison.
In sentencing, Magistrate Mulenga said he took into consideration her mitigation specially that she readily accepted the charged.
He however said the offence has become rampart in the District and it is the duty of courts to punish such offenders.
Magistrate Mulenga said considering that she was a single mother, he will be lenient but she will be punished to deter would be offenders.