A SEVENTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD Somali national of Ndola has been sentenced to three months in prison with hard labour for trafficking in 250 grammes of caffeine.
Ndola Magistrate Joan Tamba jailed Suleman Amed Jama of Ndeke Township upon his own admission of guilt to the charge.
In admitting the charge, the convict told the court that he was using the drug to lower his high sugar and hypertension levels.
Jama on May 25 this year trafficked in 250 grammes of caffeine commonly known as miraa contrary to the Narcotic and Psychotropic Drug Act chapter 95 of the laws of Zambia.
In mitigation, the convict pleaded for lenience and told the court that he was a very old man and sick.
He pleaded that he did not have relatives in Zambia and that he was staying on his own.
In passing the sentence, Ms Tamba took into account his mitigation and sentenced him to three months in prison.
In the same court, a grade eight pupil of Chipokelelo Basic School in Chipulukusu Township has been sentenced to five months in prison with hard labour for smoking cannabis.
Pelekelo Ng’ondo, 21, of 55 Chipulukusu Township was convicted and jailed yesterday upon his own admission of guilt to the charge.
The convict, on July 12 this year in Ndola did traffic in 85 grammes of marijuana a herbal product of cannabis sativa.
The facts in this matter were that Ng’ondo on July 12 this year was arrested by Drug Enforcement officer Paul Chipasha who was on duty in the area.
Mr Chipasha received information that there was a group of people in the area that were smoking cannabis at a named house.
In mitigation, the convict pleaded for lenience and told the court that he was in grade eight and that he had learnt a lesson during his period of incarceration.
In passing the sentence, Mr Tamba said drug abuse had become prevalent among young people, for that reason, she sentenced him to five months in prison with hard labour.