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Man admits to smoking bhang, fined Sh10,000

A suspected bhang peddler will pay a Sh10,000 fine or spend three months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of possession of the narcotic drug contrary to the law.

David Mwenda admitted charges of having eight rolls with an estimated street value of Sh400 in Westlands, Nairobi, which is contrary to the narcotics and psychotropic substances Act of 1994.

He pleaded guilty to the charges before senior principal magistrate Esther Bhoke of Kibera law courts and claimed to be a garbage collector.

Officers from Parklands police station while on routine patrol received a tip off that Mwenda was selling bhang at a kiosk in the area and proceeded to the stall where they arrested him. Upon a search, they recovered the bhang.

He admitted that he had bhang but claimed it was all for his own consumption and he does not sell.

Mwenda claimed he has to smoke weed owing to his garbage collection job and sought leniency from the court. He proceeded to prison immediately to begin his sentence.