Woman convicted of cocaine possession


A SOUTH African national identified as Ncombo Theodorah Tobeka (48), who was arrested at Harare International Airport in December last year was last week convicted of illegal possession of 2kg of cocaine.


She was arrested for contravening Section 156 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act chapter 9:23 as read with Section 14 of the Dangerous Drugs Act chapter 15:02.

The unemployed woman, who appeared before Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei, resides at Qweqwe Location, Umtata in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira told the court on December 18, 2013, detectives from CID Drug Squad deployed at Harare.

International Airport received information to the effect that the accused person was coming to Zimbabwe from Columbia aboard an Ethiopian Airline plane landing at the airport around midday and was carrying dangerous drugs.

The detectives made a follow-up and liaised with immigration officials for the identification of the accused person.

At around 1 o’clock, the plane landed and the accused disembarked. She was identified upon presenting her South African passport to an immigration official for clearance and detectives were alerted.

The detectives monitored the accused person from the immigration cubicles and intercepted her when she was just about to leave the Zimra cubicles heading out of the airport. A search was conducted on the accused and her suitcase from which was retrieved four textbooks, each containing two plastic envelopes glued to both side covers with a whitish substance suspected to be cocaine.

The eight envelopes were taken for weighing in the accused person’s presence and recorded a weight of 2,108kg. Field tests were conducted and the substance tested positive for cocaine.

She is due to be sentenced today.


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