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Man fined KES 10 000 for bhang

30 May 2013, 14:18 Fredrick Kimani

A middle-aged man was Thursday arraigned before an Eldoret court charged with possession of bhang.

Appearing before Chief Magistrate William Kones, Sammy Ruto was accused that on April 26 in Moi’s Bridge, he was found in possession of 40 rolls of bhang.

The court was told that police arrested the accused in his house following a tip off from the members the public.

Led by David Kemboi, the prosecution said that they recovered the illegal drugs after conducting a thorough search in the house of accused.

Kemboi further urged the court to pass a stern fine to the accused to serve as a warning to other drug peddlers.

“Cases of drug peddling are on rise and it’s prudent for the accused to be fined heavily to warn others,” said the prosecutor.

The accused accepted the charges and pleaded with the court for a lesser fine. He said lack of employment had forced him into drug peddling.

However, the chief Magistrate turned down the appeal saying that drug peddling is illegal.

The accused was ordered to pay KES 10 000 fine or face three months imprisonment.

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