14 February 2013

Zambia: Ndola Pupils On Probation for Drug Trafficking

THE Ndola magistrate's court has placed seven pupils on one-year probation for trafficking in 50.7 grammes of marijuana.

The seven boys of Chifubu and Pamodzi townships trafficked in 50. 7 grammes of marijuana on February 3, this year.

Acting chief resident magistrate Collins Lundah directed the district social welfare to monitor and counsel the seven Juvenile offenders after finding them guilty upon their own admission.

Facts are that the seven who are between the ages of 16 and 18 on February 3, this year, around 15:00 hours were found with marijuana.

Officers from the Drug Enforcement Commission(DEC) found them with the drug at a house in Chifubu township.

DEC officers then charged and arrested the juvenile offenders after admitting to the charge.

In mitigation, social welfare officer Angela Mwanza pleaded for lenience for the juveniles, saying the seven were first offenders.

She said sending them to prison would deprive them of their education.

Mr Lundah said he had taken into consideration the mitigation and ordered probation of 12 months for all the seven juvenile offenders.

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