An 82-year-old woman who was found with 3kg of dagga strapped to her body escaped jail time, Mpumalanga Police said on Friday.
The woman allegedly trafficked in the dagga.< /p >
“According to police disposal information, members of Tonga were busy with their patrol duties in Magudu in Nkomazi, near the Eswatini-South Africa border, on Thursday morning when they spotted a van carrying some commuters,” he said Brig Selvy Mohlala.
“The station wagon was stopped and a search of the vehicle and its occupants was carried out. At that time, the old woman was allegedly found with the dagga wrapped around her body.
“The dagga confiscated from her weighed 3.88 kg and was estimated to have a street value of almost R6,000. She was arrested and charged with trafficking in Dagga, hence her appearance in court today.”
Police shared images of the grey-haired woman who had hidden the shipment under clothing, including a large brown jersey.Mpumalanga Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Semakaleng Daphney Manamela expressed shock at the incident and said it was unexpected that an elderly person would be caught breaking the law in this way.
“It It’s really a cause for concern to find yourself in a situation where, as a police officer, you’re dealing with a pensioner. Seniors, and adults in general, are meant to set an example in obeying the law, not the other way around.
“Anyway, we are here to enforce the law without fear or favor, and we hope others will.” will learn from this exercise,” Manamela said.
The octogenarian appeared before Nkomazi Magistrates’ Court on Friday after spending the night behind bars.
“The case file has been delisted by the judge,” Mohlala said.
The Dagga was confiscated.
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