Thyolo Third Grade Magistrate's court yesterday August 11 2021 ordered Dorica Mawindo, 28, to pay a fine of K 200,000 for being found in possession of Indian Hemp locally known as Chamba.
The offence is contrary to Regulation 19 (1) as read with Section 4 (a) of the Dangerous Drug Act.
During court proceedings, Thyolo Police Station Prosecution Assistant Superintendent Andrew Jose told the court that on 9 August 2021 at around 0800 hours, Thyolo Police Officer arrested Mawindo at an Ad-hoc Roadblock at Conforzi Turnoff.
She was found possessing four black plastic bags of Cannabis sativa in a Minibus which was coming from Limbe heading towards Thyolo Boma.
Jose further told the court that the hemp was seized as evidence and was taken to Bvumbwe Research Station for examination and analysis where results indicated that the illicit drug weighed 9 Kilograms and contained Tetrahydrocannabinal to substance.
Appearing in court,the accused pleaded guilty to the charge leveled against her.
In mitigation, Mawindo asked for the Court's leniency, saying that she has a baby and was still breastfeeding but Prosecutor Jose asked the court for stiffer penalty citing that the illicit drug has contributed a lot of side effects especially to the youths in the country.
Third Grade Magistrate James Balakasi concurred with the state's call for stiffer penalty and he ordered the accused to pay a fine of k200,000 or in default serve 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.
Meanwhile, Mawindo has paid the fine to escape the Jail term.
Mawindo hails from Nanseta Village Traditional Authority Nanseta,in Thyolo District.