Mozam­bi­can claims 66kg of dagga

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/national News - Tanaka Mrewa

A MOZAM­BI­CAN man has ad­mit­ted to be­ing the owner of more than 66 of the 85kg of dagga, with a street value of about $86 000, re­cov­ered by po­lice in Bu­l­awayo last week.

Farai Aruchipetu (40) of Pu­mula South ad­mit­ted to the po­lice that he gave 66,750 kg of the il­le­gal drug to Shep­herd Ed­son Town (39) in Em­gan­wini for safe keep­ing.

Ap­pear­ing in court on Fri­day, Aruchipetu and Town pleaded guilty to a charge of be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of dagga.

Aruchipetu is fac­ing two counts of the same of­fence. The pair’s lawyer, Tavengwa Hara of T. Hara and Part­ners asked the mat­ter to be post­poned to to­mor­row as he was still wait­ing to re­ceive fur­ther in­struc­tions.

Western Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate Mr Abed­nico Nde­bele re­manded the duo in cus­tody to to­day. Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Bu­sani Moyo told the court that po­lice ar­rested the duo on Wed­nes­day last week fol­low­ing a tip off.

“Po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that Town was in pos­ses­sion of dagga. They re­cov­ered three and a half sacks con­tain­ing dagga in the ac­cused’s bed­room. Town told the po­lice that the dagga be­longed to Aruchipetu who brought it for safe keep­ing,” said Mr Moyo.

“Po­lice then used Town’s phone to call Aruchipetu dis­guis­ing them­selves as po­ten­tial buy­ers. They asked him to come to Town’s house where they am­bushed him.”

Mr Moyo, for Aruchipetu’s sec­ond count said he was in pos­ses­sion of two cobs of dagga weigh­ing 260 grams.

“Ac­cused came to Town’s house with a black satchel con­tain­ing one cob of dagga. Po­lice took him to his house for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

They re­cov­ered one more cob and an­other packet hidden in his cup­board,” he said.

A state­ment by the po­lice read that one Si­men­gani Ndlovu (34) a fe­male ven­dor was sell­ing the rest of the dagga on the streets.

“The Western Com­mon­age and Nku­lumane CID crew got a tip off that there was a gam­bling school un­der­way at a Pu­mula South bush.

Car and car part thieves were said to be en­gag­ing in il­licit ac­tiv­i­ties such as drug abuse and dis­pos­ing stolen goods.

They found Gil­bert Moyo and his ac­com­plice smok­ing a twist of dagga. Moyo im­pli­cated Ndlovu as his sup­plier of the drug,” read the state­ment.

Ndlovu’s state­ment read that she was ap­proached by Town who told her she could make more profit by sell­ing dagga.

“I told him I was scared of the po­lice but he said he would pay me well for the por­tion that I sold.

“I started sell­ing dagga from my vend­ing place. I would only col­lect it from my house af­ter a cus­tomer would have paid,” read the state­ment.

“One of my cus­tomers Gil­bert Moyo was ar­rested and he brought the po­lice to my vend­ing stand.

“They searched my house and found 16 twists of dagga. I took them to Town’s house where they re­cov­ered the rest of the sacks.” — @tan­nytkay

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