Drug syndicate sentenced

2013-12-17 00:00

MEMBERS of a drug syndicate who were arrested earlier this year for their involvement in drug racketeering were sentenced in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court last week.

Two houses in Northdale were the subject of a police sting operation, which took place over four months during 2012/2013. Police uncovered the drug activities that were happening at the two premises.

Seven people were arrested at the one house in Mars Crescent and another three people were arrested at the second house in Jinnah Road.

Last week, seven of the accused entered a plea bargain with the state and were sentenced to various prison terms for racketeering. The ringleaders were presumed to be husband and wife Hoosen and Yasmin Mohamed, who managed the operation, while the other members were their runners.

Mountain Rise drugs squad investigator Warrant Officer Mahendra Balmookand was instrumental in nabbing the gang, as he has been under pressure to curb crime and drug-related activities in the area.

Magistrate Ashin Singh ruled that the seven accused would all receive jail terms ranging from 18 months for Yasmin Mohamed to 15 years’ imprisonment, suspended for seven years for the others, depending on their involvement in the crime and their prior convictions on similar counts.

Their sentences were recommended by state prosecutor Khumbu Shazi.

Norman Govender, Kubashen Nelson, Tony Ramthew, Azam Ismail, Suleman Sheik and the Mohamed couple will receive jail time as well as suspended sentences.

The eighth person, Sathiaselan Naidoo, was charged for dealing in cocaine and was sentenced to three years with the term half suspended.

This gang sold cocaine to people in the community.

Between October 2012 and February 2013, undercover agents had bought various amounts of cocaine from the accused on 11 separate occasions. Police investigators said Yasmin and Hoosen Mohamed controlled the money and the supply of stock, and employed the other accused as “drug runners”.

Two more suspects were arrested in another drug bust in a house in Jinnah Road. They received their sentences last month. Viggie and Terrance Moonsamy were both sentenced. Viggie received a R15 000 fine and five years in prison, wholly suspended for five years. Terrance will serve six years of his 16-year sentence after 10 years were suspended.

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