The Chief Resident Magistrate's court in Lilongwe has sentenced and convicted a 23-year old Nigerian national, Chigozie Franklin Ifeanyi-Chukwu to six years imprisonment with hard labour for possession of Cocaine and Cannabis Sativa (Chamba).
This is contrary to Malawi's Dangerous Drugs legislation and regulations.
State prosecutor, Senior Superintendent Prescot Mwayiulipo told the court the convict was found in possession of seven blisters of cocaine weighing 2.2 grams and cannabis sativa weighing 0.9 grams without licence on 15 December 2021 at City Mall in Lilongwe.
After he was arrested by police he tried to run away but he was later caught by community member and handed over to police.
Appearing in court, the Nigerian pleaded guilty to both charges laid against him.
The state prayed to the court to give him a stiff punishment stating he committed a serious offence and being a foreigner he was obliged to follow laws of the land.
They also narrated that he was not cooperative during his time of arrest.
In mitigation Ifeanyi-Chukwu pleaded with the court for leniency saying that he wanted to be taking care of his kids and wife and that he was a first time offender.
Passing judgement Senior Resident Magistrate Florence Msekandiana concurred with the state and sentenced him to six years imprisonment with hard labour and recommended his deportation after serving his sentence.
Chigozie Ifeanyi-Chukwu, is a resident of Area 49 Gulliver.