SA woman gets 10 years for smuggling cocaine

A special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act court on Monday sentenced a 23-year-old South African woman to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and ordered her to pay Rs 1 lakh for smuggling cocaine from Abu Dabi to Chennai.
SA woman gets 10 years for smuggling cocaine
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According to the prosecution, NCB Intelligence Officer Pramila received information on 13 November 2015, that D Keditwaestse Lizzie Molefe —who had swallowed 800 grams of cocaine in 86 capsules — was arriving in Chennai from Abu Dhabi on at 3.40 am on November 14.

The NCB arrested the accused under section 8 (c) 21 (c), 23 (c) and 29 of NDPS Act 1985 and was found guilty for possession of cocaine. Keditwaestse pleaded that she has suffered enough and that her parents do not know that she is here and to have mercy on her. Delivering the judgment, special court Judge A Shanthi sentenced the accused to undergo 10 years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh for her offences.

In the case of default of payment of the fine, Keditwaestse would have to undergo six more months of imprisonment, said the judge.

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