Cocaine peddling SA woman given 15 years

A South African woman, Ncombo Theodorah Tobeka (48) has been sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Harare Magistrate after she was convicted of importing more than 2kg of cocaine through Zimbabwe.

Tobeka, of Eastern Cape in South Africa, was arrested on December 18 at the Harare International Airport on her way from Columbia aboard an Ethiopian Airways flight.

She intended to smuggle the cocaine using envelopes glued on textbook covers. However, luck ran out for her following a tip off to the CID Drugs Squad at the Harare International Airport.

Tobeka had pleaded guilty to charges of contravening the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act as read with the Dangerous Drugs Act Chapter 15.02.

On Tuesday, Tobeka submitted her special circumstances yesterday before magistrate Donald Ndirowei and pleaded for forgiveness on the basis that she was a first time offender.

However, in passing judgement, Ndirowei said that there were no special circumstances in the matter and therefore, the court was limited to stick to the penal provisions of the offence.

Sharon Mashavira prosecuted.

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