Prosecutors say granny too old to face dagga charges

2013-02-12 16:29

An 84-year-old grandmother from Colenso, KwaZulu-Natal, evaded prosecution for dealing in dagga because of old age.

The granny was arrested last week for allegedly dealing in dagga, which police found in her home.

According to police spokesperson Captain Charmaine Struwig, prosecutors declined to prosecute the case because of her advanced age.

Dagga plants of 800kg were found at her home, and were uprooted by nine police officers and loaded into three police vehicles.

Police say the dagga would have cost up to R30 000 when dried.

In a separate incident, a 60-year-old man will appear in the Ezakheni Magistrates’ Court on Friday after he was found with six 20-litre buckets of dagga in his home.

Police say they received a tip-off from a 19-year-old arrested for possession of dagga.

The teenager led police to a spaza shop in Ezakheni, Ladysmith, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where they pounced on the 60-year-old for dealing in dagga.

The 19-year-old was due to appear in court today.

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