Machinga Second Grade Magistrate Court sitting on July 12, 2017 fined Lovemore Chausi aged 42, to MK130,000 for being found in possession of Indian Hemp which is in contrary with regulation 4, Section 19, of Dangerous Drugs Act.
Prosecutor, Sub Inspector Rodrick Kamuoma based at Machinga Police station told the court that, on July 6, 2017, Police officers were on check point at Machinga police Road Brock.
“In the course of their duty they come across a Matour Bus registration number MN 3698 which was traveling from Mzuzu to Blantyre via Zomba driven by the suspect”, said Davie Sulumba, Machinga Police spokesperson.
“After checking it they found two laptop bags which were under the drivers seat, they opened them and discovered four packs of cannabis sativa two in each bag wrapped in plastic bag weighing 12 kilograms”, he added.
Police said when the driver was interviewed about the weed he denied knowing the owner of the bags and he was immediately arrested.
The accused person pleaded not guilty and the state paraded 2 witnesses, after being found guilty he prayed for leniency for he is a bread winner looking after children and a granny.
Prosecutor Kamuoma further asked the court to impose stiffer penalty to the convict for he is contributing in misconduct of people after taking the drugs.
When passing judgement his worship Second Grade Magistrate Maxwell Boazi concurred with the state therefore fined him to K130,000 in default 10 months imprisonment with Hardlabour.
Cannabis sativa was burnt to ashes soon after court.