BYO DRUG MULE ACQUITTED


Sheron Tholiwe Tshuma (25), the Bulawayo woman found with a 3,14 kgs of cocaine has been acquitted. The cocaine had a street value of $314 300.

Tshuma who recently returned home from South Africa was arrested after she collected a parcel sent from India. Her lawyer said she was not aware that the parcel contained cocaine as she had only been told that she was supposed to receive fabrics and forward them to South-Africa, hence she submitted her details.

Magistrate, Crispen Mberewere  ruled that the state had failed to prove that the accused had knowledge of what was contained in the parcel.

“The accused was found in possession of the drugs but that does not mean she was aware of what was contained in the package. State witnesses have failed to prove that the accused had the knowledge and intention to receive dangerous drugs. The legal meaning of possession implies knowledge and intention to possess and the police failed to take account of that,” said Mr Mberewere.

“The evidence of the WhatsApp text messages that have been produced show that the accused did not know what was in the package.

“The State does not have proof that the accused had knowledge of what was contained in the parcel. Accordingly, I will therefore return a verdict of not guilty and the accused person is acquitted.”

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