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Opium Smoker to Spend 10 Years in Jail

Moroto chief magistrates court has sentenced a 21-year-old man to ten years imprisonment for being found in possession of opium. The court presided over by Moroto Chief Magistrate Charles Yeteise on Wednesday convicted Juma Nandala on his own plea of guilt.
Moroto chief magistrate's court has sentenced a 21-year-old man to ten years imprisonment for being found in possession of opium.

The court presided over by Moroto Chief Magistrate Charles Yeteise on Wednesday convicted Juma Nandala on his own plea of guilt.

Nandala, a resident of Kosiroi in Tapac Sub County, Moroto district was arrested by police on 24th July this year when he assaulted his wife. According to police sources, opium seeds measuring approximately one kilogramme were found in Nandala's house during the arrest.

The sources told URN that Nandala has been smoking opium and selling it to truck drivers in Moroto.

It is the third case of opium in Moroto since the beginning of this year. In March, Charles Lumulen, also a resident of Tapac was sentenced to one year imprisonment after being found with opium. The sentence was delivered using the old Narcotic Act repealed in 2015. Information available in court indicates that two more suspects are on trial.

Under the current Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances [Control] Act 2015, possession of narcotics and psychotropic substances attracts a minimum sentence of ten years or a fine of not less than five hundred currency points. A currency point in Uganda is twenty thousand shillings.

Court sentenced Nandala to ten years or to pay fine of ten million shillings. Nandala is yet to appear for the assault case.

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