“I tek a chance to save my girl life”- drug mule jailed for 18 months tells magistrate

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A man who told the court that he purchased a parcel of marijuana to sell it so that he can acquire $40,000 to save his girlfriend and unborn child, was on Wednesday sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

Thirty-year-old Clarence France appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan via zoom at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. 

France pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on September 20, 2021, at Jonestown, Kwakwani, Region 10, he had in his possession 536 grammes of cannabis sativa for the purpose of trafficking. 

France in addressing the court stated, “I tek a chance to save my girl life”. 

He further stated that his pregnant partner was rushed to the Kwakwani hospital where several tests were done and she was sent home. 

However, on her return home,  he said that she fell sick again and they were not able to find the baby’s heartbeat. France said his girlfriend’s aunt give him a phone number to make contact with a man. 

France said when he contacted the man, he was told that his spouse is “trapped by water”. He said that the man further told him that he would charge $40,000 to look after the pregnant woman.

France said at the time he only had $15,000 which he used to purchase the marijuana to sell. He told the court that he would have used the proceeds from the sale to pay the man.

Facts presented by the court prosecutor stated that around 23:30 hrs, Police ranks acting on information, went to the home of a known female in the Kwakwani district and searched her reputed husband. 

In his possession, ranks found one small black haversack containing a wrapped transparent parcel that contained leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be cannabis sativa. 

As a result, he was told of the offence and admitted. 

He was arrested and escorted to Kwakwani Police Station and later charged with the offence.

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