Inmate caught selling marijuana in jail..slapped with an extra term


A 30-YEAR-OLD convict serving a 15-year jail sentence with hard labour for aggravated robbery has been sentenced to an additional one year imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in 158 grammes of marijuana at Livingstone Central Prison.
Livingstone magistrate Andrew Kasongo last Friday jailed Alex Mweetwa for drug trafficking.
Passing the sentencing, Mr Kasongo said it is disheartening that Mweetwa committed an offence at a time he is supposed to reform while serving a 15-year jail sentence.
“I will send you to prison for an extra one year, you will serve this one year after you finish serving your 15 years,” he said
In mitigation, Mweetwa asked for forgiveness and told court that he is serving another sentence.
“Your honour have mercy on me, I will never do it again. I’m a serving prisoner for 15 years,” he said.
In this case, Mweetwa was charged with trafficking in a psychotropic substance.
Facts before court are that on March 30 this year, Mweetwa trafficked in 158 grammes of marijuana in prison.
On the fateful day, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) officers received information from the officer in-charge at Livingstone Central Prison that an inmate was found in possession of suspected marijuana.
A team of DEC officers went to the prison where prison authorities handed over the suspected drugs and Mweetwa to them.
The suspected drugs were taken for chemical analysis at the Food and Drug Control laboratory in Lusaka where the contraband was confirmed to be marijuana, a herbal product of cannabis sativa.
Mweetwa was later charged and arrested for the subject offense.