Cocaine lands woman in jail

A 33-year-old woman has been sentenced to three months imprisonment by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court for trafficking in cocaine.

Before Resident Magistrate Humphrey Chitalu was Yvonne Simwanza of John Laing who was facing one count of trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to section 6 of narcotic and psychotropic act No. 96 of the laws of Zambia.

Facts before the court were that on June 27, 2014 Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) officers received information that Simwanza was a drug trafficker in John Laing.

Acting on the information, the DEC officers trailed Simwanza and her house was identified.

The DEC officers introduced themselves to Simwanza and later searched her house which led to the discovery of a white stuff in a match.

The substance in the match-box was suspected to be cocaine.

Simwanza admitted ownership of the suspected drugs which were seized and taken to University Teaching Hospital Laboratory where they were tested and confirmed to be cocaine weighing 4.57 grams.  Under warn and caution, Simwanza gave a free and voluntary statement admitting the charge of trafficking in cocaine. The DEC officers arrested Simwanza as she had no lawful authority of trafficking in psychotropic drugs.

Simwanza said that she understood the charge and that the facts were true and correct.

Magistrate Chitalu sentenced her  to three months simple imprisonment effective June 30, 2014.