A 44 year old Chinese national has been fined K2 000 by the Chipata Magistrate Court for cultivating in psychotropic substances.
Appearing before Magistrate Mercy Chabu was QI Jianlong a surveyor who stood charged with one count of unlawful cultivation of psychotropic substances contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Facts of the matter are that Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) officers on January, 07, 2019 received information that there was a person who was dealing in psychotropic substances in Msekera area.
DEC officers went to Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) studios construction site and found Jianlong.
After inspection, some marijuana plants were found and uprooted while the accused was taken to DEC offices for further investigations.
Jianlong pleaded guilty to the subject offence and was convicted accordingly.
In mitigation, Jianlong through his lawyer Alex Musanya of Zambezi Chambers said he was a first offender and married with three children who also readily pleaded guilty without wasting the court’s time.
Jianlong said he regrets having committed the offence and asked for lenience from the court when passing sentence.
And in passing sentence, magistrate Chabu said she had taken into consideration what the convict said in mitigation but said the offence committed was a felony.
She then fined Jianlong K2000 to be paid by tomorrow January, 11 before 17hrs or in default serve three months imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Chabu granted bail to 11 Chinese nationals who are charged with one count of unlawful cultivation of psychotropic substances contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the matter are that Yu Riping and 10 others jointly whilst acting together did unlawfully cultivated psychotropic substances.
Magistrate Chabu said each accused person should pay K5000 cash, one working surety liable to K10 000 each and surrender all the passports to the court.
She has since set January, 24 for mention and January, 30 for commencement of trial.