TWO drug peddlers who were recently found in illegal possession of 0,7 grammes of cocaine were yesterday fined $600 each by Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa after they pleaded guilty to the offence.
BY SILAS NKALA
The Zimbabwean and his South Africa-based colleague found with 0,7 grammes of cocaine worth $80 were yesterday convicted on their own plea of guilty to possession of illegal drugs and fined $600 or serve 12 months in jail.
They are Bekezela Ndlovu (38) of Nkulumane in Bulawayo and Wisdom Sibindi (36) who works in South Africa as a driver for a company based at Elisfontein.
In sentencing them, Muchemwa said the court took into consideration that they did not waste the court’s time as they admitted the offence and that they were first offenders.
“If this crime was committed in aggravation, you would have been sentenced to 15 years in jail,” he said.
Public prosecutor Caroline Matanga told the court that on April 8, 2015 at corner Joshua Nkomo Street and 5th Avenue, two police detectives observed Ndlovu handing over a plastic bag which contained a white substance to Sibindi who then put it in his right side pocket.
The police officers became suspicious and approached and searched the pair. They recovered the plastic bag containing cocaine.
This led to their arrest and they were taken to the Criminal Investigation Department drugs section in Bulawayo where the substance was tested and proved to be cocaine.