Man sentenced to 21 years in prison for dealing drugs

(iStock)
(iStock)

Johannesburg – A 33-year-old man was this week sentenced to 21 years in prison after being convicted on charges of dealing in narcotics, and for being in possession of a fraudulent identity document.

Illegal immigrant Kenechukwu Paul Nnodu had been arrested on two occasions by the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department's drug enforcement unit for possession and dealing in heroin, cat, crystal methamphetamine, nyaope and dagga.

He was sentenced last Monday, EMPD spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said on Sunday.

"His first arrest was in July 2016. His second arrest was effected in August of the same year when he was out on bail for the first case," he said.

Both Nnodu’s cases were combined and the trial ran for 18 months.

"On the first case he was sentenced to five years for dealing in narcotics, while on the second one he was handed a 15-year sentence for also dealing in narcotics," he said.

Nnodu was also sentenced to 12 months for the two additional charges of a fraudulent identity document and being an undocumented person, said Kgasago.

"Much of the criminality committed is the result of drug abuse brought about by heartless drug dealers and I would wish to applaud the efforts of both the prosecution and the EMPD drug enforcement unit members for the concrete and credible evidence submitted that led to the successful prosecution of Nnodu", said EMPD Chief of Police Isaac Mapiyeye.

Mapiyeye said he hoped that the public would view Nnodu's sentence as proof of the EMPD's efforts to root out drug dealers and "save our young citizens from this scourge".

Cash, drugs confiscated

In another case, a 43-year-old foreign national was expected to appear at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court this week on charges of possession and dealing in drugs.

Drugs valued at approximately R55 800 were seized during his arrest in Alberton North on Friday, said Kgasago.

"The EMPD drug enforcement unit received information about a suspected drug dealer residing in Alberton North. Following the surveillance of the location provided by a reliable source, the metro police were able to effect an arrest," he said.

Close observation of the suspect's residence was conducted over a period of a week.

"Once the drug enforcement unit members were convinced the information was accurate, they pounced on the address on Jacoba Street at 11:00," he said.

Kgasago said they uncovered 12.9mg of crystal methamphetamine, 148g of heroin and 78.5g of cat when they raided the suspect's home.

"Cash amounting to R1 994.50 suspected to be proceeds from the illicit trade was also confiscated," he said.

The suspect was being detained at Alberton police station on charges of possession and dealing in illicit substances.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Is social media doing more harm than good?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, our children are exposed and we can't protect them
49% - 4361 votes
Yes, but social media is part of the new reality
46% - 4033 votes
No, it's great for growing a child's world view
5% - 453 votes
Vote
USD/ZAR
14.05
0.0%
GBP/ZAR
19.67
0.0%
EUR/ZAR
17.10
0.0%
AUD/ZAR
11.03
0.0%
JPY/ZAR
0.13
0.0%
Gold
1,831.32
0.0%
Silver
27.45
0.0%
Palladium
2,929.64
0.0%
Platinum
1,256.50
0.0%
Brent Crude
68.28
+0.3%
Top 40
62,573
+1.4%
All Share
68,520
+1.4%
Resource 10
71,474
+2.1%
Industrial 25
86,856
+0.9%
Financial 15
12,711
+1.1%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo