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Bhang peddlers sentenced to 10 years

17 June 2013, 16:30 Wangui Joseph

A Nyeri court on Monday sentenced two middle aged men to 10 years imprisonment after they admitted charges of being in possession and in the business of peddling bhang.

Appearing before Chief Magistrate Wilbroadah Juma, Peter Maina and Ephraim Ngicharu were handed the sentence on their own plea of guilty.

The particulars were that on June 3 this year at Mathakwa Village in Nyeri County they were found in possession of 23 rolls and 50 grams of Narcotic Sativa.

Prosecutor Catherine Wambua told the court that the two were nabbed following a tip off from the area residents that they were in the business of selling bhang.

She said Administration Police officers from Kimahuri AP camp raided their house at around 8 pm on the fateful day and recovered the said drugs.

However, the accused persons claimed that they were arrested together with a third accomplice from whose house the bhang was recovered and wondered why he was not charged.

The magistrate asked the prosecution to check on the claims as Maina, in mitigation, prayed for forgiveness saying he had a family to take care of and that he had gone to buy some bhang for his own consumption.

Ngicharu pleaded for leniency telling the court that it was his first offense ever, but the magistrate dismissed their mitigations.

She observed that such cases have been on the rise and that a deterrent sentence was necessary in order to stem the vice.

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