Caught with 3 buckets of dagga
27 November 2017
A 36-year-old Kwekwe man was last week jailed 18 months for possessing 11.415 kilogrammes of dagga valued at $1 141.50 in Mbare.
Douglas Chibade of Etina Mine, Kwekwe pleaded guilty to contravening chapter 09:23 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, dealing in dangerous drugs when he appeared before Harare magistrate Tilda Mazhande.
Initially, he was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment before six months were wholly suspended on condition of good behavior for the next five years.
In passing sentence, the court considered that Chibade was a first offender and also a family man.
Magistrate Mazhande said:
“The court considered that the accused was a first offender, he pleaded guilty and did not waste the court’s time.”
She also indicated that being a first offender does not mean the accused will not have a custodial sentence.
Prosecutor Rufaro Chatora proved that on November 14 this year, police officers from Braeside Police Station who were patrolling at Mbare Musika got suspicious of Chibade, who was carrying a black suitcase.
The police approached him, introduced themselves and requested to search the bag.
It was the state’s case that Chibade voluntarily told the police that he was carrying three buckets of dagga.
The police proceeded to search and discovered three white plastics containing dagga and they subsequently arrested him.