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2021/02/09      |  Written By:  Captain D Sekgotodi   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

MPUMALANGA: Balfour Regional Court have on Friday 05 February 2021 sentenced Henry Nwagu(38), a Nigerian National and Noluvoyo Sali (32) after they were arrested by members of the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation Secunda assisted by members of Secunda Crime Intelligence, Secunda SAPS and Secunda bike squad on the 09 February 2015 during the search and seizure operation at Toon Van Der Heever street in Secunda.

On the arrival at the house, the team found a fully equipped operational drug lab. There were chemicals, ephedrine, weighing scales, fans, big fridges, cash and drugs valued to an estimated R380 000. The total value of the equipment and chemicals was estimated at R1.5 million. Accused number two and three were arrested at the crime scene and accused number one was arrested later.

The three accused remained in custody from 2015 until in 2017 when the court finalised the case and accused number two Arinze Collin Ngene was not found guilty and he was released. In 2019 Sali was released on bail pending sentencing while Nwagu remains in custody and their case was remanded to 5 February 2021 for sentencing. The two remaining accused were sentenced as follows: 

Accused No: 1 Henry Nwagu (38) was sentenced to 27 years direct imprisonment.

Count 1 -Manufacturing of drugs  - 10 years direct imprisonment

Count 2 - Dealing and  Possession of drugs  - 15 years direct imprisonment

Count 3: being an illegal immigrant- 12 months imprisonment

Count 4: being an illegal immigrant- 12 months imprisonment . The accused was found to be having four passports. Two Lesotho passports and two Nigerian passports

Accused No: 3 - Noluvoyo Sali 32 years South African citizen was also sentenced to 27 years direct imprisonment as follows:

Count 1 - Manufacturing of drugs- 10 years direct imprisonment

Count 2 - Dealing and Possession of drugs-15 years direct imprisonment.

Both accused were declared unfit to possess firearms . The court forfeited the cash and the equipment to the state.

The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Zodwa Mokoena applauded the team and Judiciary for the successful conviction and hope it will serve as an a warning to those who are still involved in such type of crimes.  

The drugs that were recovered
Henry Nwagu(38)
Noluvoyo Sali (32)