Harare magistrate Learnmore Mapiye sentenced Judith Munemo (31), to six months in prison for contravening the Medicines and Allied Substances Control Act after she pleaded guilty to the charges.
Of the six months, two were suspended on condition of good behaviour and six were effected on the basis that she had not wasted the court’s time by pleading guilty and dragging the court to trial while she was aware that she had indeed committed the offense.
On her initial appearance before the same, Munemo begged the court’s mercy saying poverty had caused her to break the law.
“I plead guilty to the charges,” she said.
“I did not know what I was doing was unlawful. It was out of ignorance, but I badly needed to raise money for my livelihood. I was going to hand over the drug to someone and I was only going to get $US2 000 after it was sold.”
On New Year’s day, detectives from CID drugs and Narcotics Harare, received a tip-off to the effect that Munemo was aboard an Ethiopian Air flight ET 863 from India and was in possession of Ephedrine.
Detectives went to the airport and managed to identify her while collecting her luggage comprising of a brown bag and a traveling bag.
She took the green route used by passengers who have nothing to declare.
She was intercepted at the exit and was searched to find 18 x 500 gram tins containing ephedrine.
The drugs are valued at US$27, 018.