Mwense, May 17, 2019, ZANIS ---   Mwense Magistrates court has sentenced a 34 year old man of senior chief Mwata Kazembe’s area of Mwansabombwe district in Luapula province to 12 months imprisonment for trafficking in Cannabis.

Before Magistrate Fred Mwangala sitting as class III was Loyd Mpundu who stood charged for trafficking in psychotropic substance contrary to section 6 of the narcotic drugs and psychotropic substance Act chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.

Particulars were that on April 11, 2019, Mpundu trafficked in 990 grams of marijuana without lawful authority.

The suspect who pleaded guilty to charge however in his mitigation requested the court for lenience as he was the first offender and that his wife was pregnant while he had two children to look after.

And when passing judgment, Magistrate Mwangala said though he was the first offender who readily admitted to the charge, the quantity of marijuana clearly showed that he was selling to the community.

He then sent him to the correctional facility for 12 months with hard labour effective the date of arrest.