Dagga: Steep jail terms for five

2013-05-07 00:00

THE sentence handed down to Durban dagga dealers on Friday is a warning to others, according to KZN’s police chief.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said the sentence “will send a strong message to drug dealers as well as drug runners that the police will raid and arrest those involved in drugs”.

After almost two years, five Durban North dagga dealers were sentenced by the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday. Tracey Pretorius, Tyrone Hofland, Bonzile Chutshela, Senzele Dlezi and Travis Bailey were arrested in October 2010 following a raid on Pretorius’s home in Durban North.

Forty-four kilograms of dagga, worth about R2,2 million was found under cultivation in a concealed basement.

Magistrate Najama Kathrada sentenced Bailey, Hofland and Pretorius to eight years in prison while their employees, Chutshela and Dlezi, were each sentenced to five years.

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