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Mandera court hands woman in drug trafficking charge 6 years in jail

A  woman found guilty of drug trafficking has been sentenced to serve six years imprisonment.

Nehma  Adan Maalim  who  pleaded guilty in a Mandera court was trafficking bhang and cozepam in Metata estate within Mandera  town on September 3, 2018.

The  Senior  Resident Magistrate (SRM), Duncan  Mtai  dropped  an  alternative  charge of  child theft where the accused  was to  face the third count during the proceedings.

While  giving the ruling the SRM ordered the accused to serve six months jail term or a fine of Sh. 30, 000 being in

possession of 180 cozepam tablets in her kiosk that she intended to sell to customers.

For  the second count of trafficking in drugs, Metata was ordered to pay a fine of Sh. 200,000 or serve six years with the  sentences to run concurrently.

Mutai  noted that Metata was found trafficking 87 stones of cannabis sativa valued at Sh. 8,700.

In  mitigation  the accused accepted the two charges leveled against her but pleaded for leniency, saying she is a mother  with  young children and that if sentenced the children would suffer.

The  SRM said  that  drug  abuse is a menace to youth and that young people form the bedrock of the country’s future  development. He gave the accused 14 days to appeal.

By  Zakariya   Abdullahi

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