Mother of 7 bags 16 months jail for drug traf­fick­ing

Daily Trust - - CRIME -

The Fed­eral High Court, Abuja has sen­tenced a 51-year-old mother of seven to 16 months im­pris­on­ment for un­law­ful deal­ing in nar­cotics.

Jus­tice Nkeonye Maha, con­victed Rose Phillips, on a count charge of pos­ses­sion of 44 kilo­grammes of In­dian hemp, filed against her by the Na­tional Drug Law En­force­ment Agency (NDLEA).

Coun­sel to Phillips, Mr Femi Aigbe, had told the court that the con­vict, prior to deal­ing in cannabis, was a tomato seller, and mother of seven chil­dren, aged be­tween seven and 25 years.

The coun­sel pleaded with the court to tem­per jus­tice with mercy since the con­vict was a first time of­fender and did not waste the time of the court as she pleaded guilty.

The prose­cu­tor, Mr Mike Kasa, had told the court that Phillips was ar­rested in 2018 by of­fi­cers of the NDLEA, along Gwag­wal­adaAbaji high­way in the FCT.

He also told the court that she con­cealed the sub­stance in bags cov­ered with fresh leaves.

The sen­tence is ex­pected to com­mence from when she was ar­rested in Oct. 2018. (NAN)

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