The Gauteng Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Major General Prince Mokotedi has welcomed the judgement handed down by the Benoni Magistrates' Court against seven suspects for drug dealing.
The seven (7) Nigerian nationals were convicted and sentenced to 105 years imprisonment for dealing in drugs on Thursday after they were found guilty on 12 October 2016.
The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime members acted on a tip-off and arrested the suspects, Valentine Chigbo Okoye (36), Patrick Chime Uche (38), Chucks Ugo Thomas (37), Emeka Azodo (40), Chinaemelum Uba (24), and Chucku Imeka Ekwemozok (34) in October 2014 after they were found packaging heroin with an estimated street value of R214 000, into small wrappings for distribution in Crystalpark Benoni.
The suspects were denied bail and were remanded in custody until their sentencing. The suspects were each sentenced to an effective fifteen (15) years imprisonment without an option of any fine, a combined sentence of 105 years.
Major General Mokotedi, welcomed the sentences imposed on the seven suspects and praised the members for sterling investigative work.
“This is indeed a welcomed precedent set by our courts and this will help our efforts to combat drug trafficking. We are proud of our team’s efforts in securing a successful prosecution in this matter. Such convictions will motivate our members to work even harder. From now on, drug dealers will feel the full might of the law, we are more determined to fight this scourge,” said Mokotedi.