Woman bags three-year jail for selling hemp

Justice Mohammed Garba of the Federal High Court in Kaduna on Friday sentenced a 38-year-old woman, Felicia Raymond, to three years imprisonment for dealing in 4.5 kilogrammes of marijuana.

Raymond was sentenced following her guilty plea to the charge filed against her by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Justice Garba sentenced the convict with an option of N100,000 fine.

The NDLEA prosecuting counsel, T. J. Atserhegh, had earlier told the court that the convict was arrested with the substance in the Ungwan Rimi area of Kaduna on February 13 based on information received about the activities of the convict in the area.

Atserhegh said the convict was arrested with 4.5kg of marijuana, adding that the offence was punishable under Section 19 of the NDLEA Act, Cap. N30, LFN, 2004.

Based on her guilty plea, the prosecutor reviewed the facts of the case and also urged the court to convict and sentence her.

But the defence lawyer, Mr Francis Dauda, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his client was remorseful.

Dauda also informed the judge that the convict was a first-time offender and urged the court to consider a fine option instead of a custodial sentence.

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