Ndola Magistrate Court has sentenced a 38 year old woman of Ndola to three years simple imprisonment for trafficking in Heroin weighing 3.97 kilograms.
Magistrate Bubala Sikalunda convicted and sentenced Franciscar Kaluba of house number 20, Ndeke Township, a hair dresser after she admitted to the offence of one count of trafficking in Narcotics substance contrary to the laws of Zambia.
According to facts read before the court, by Senior Public Prosecutor Juliet Mwengani, the convict was intercepted at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport on June 24, 2018.
Ms. Kaluba was carrying the drugs in transit to New Delhi, India.
Acting on a tip off, an officer from the Drug Enforcement Commission, Sunday Kambalame based at the airport verified the report and identified the convict who was about to board an Ethiopian Airline.
The suitcase in Kaluba’s possession was searched and two parcels wrapped in silver foil paper were discovered hidden in the suitcase lining.
A further search revealed that the foil contained brownish powder and after being subjected to chemical analysis at the Food and Drug Control laboratory it was confirmed to be heroin.
When questioned about the product found on her, Ms. Kaluba said it was a courier for drugs to India.
And in mitigation, Ms. Kaluba asked the court for leniency stating that she is a cervical cancer patient.