A Chiredzi woman narrowly avoided a custodial sentence when a Chiredzi Magistrate suspended two out of her 12 months prison term, provided she refrained from committing a similar offense within the next five years, with the rest of the sentence being commuted to community service.
The woman was found in possession of 50 sachets of guka, a hazardous drug widely abused, especially by youths, with a street value of US$150. She will perform 350 hours of community service at Chiredzi Magistrates’ Court for the offense.
The incident occurred on November 8 during a police operation targeting illicit drugs. Acting on a tip, police discovered that Nyaradzo Chipato was selling guka, also known as crystal meth or mutoriro.
A search of her residence, aided by sniffer dogs, led to the recovery of 50 sachets of the dangerous drug hidden behind a curtain in a bread pack, resulting in her arrest.
This development aligns with the country’s ongoing efforts to combat drug and substance abuse, particularly among the youth population