December 7, 2016 – Pictures: 3 Bolivians Caught Producing Meth Drug In Lagos Bag 6-Year Imprisonment
Yesterday, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos sentenced three Bolivians to 36 years imprisonment for unlawful production of controlled drug known as Methamphetamine, a drug similar to Cocaine, Heroin and LSD.
The jailed Bolivians are: Reuben Ticono Jorge, Yhugo Chavaez Moreno, and Yerko Artunduago Dorado.
The court on Monday, November 21, 2016 convicted the three Bolivians after they changed their plea from their initial plea of not guilty to guilty on the two count charge levelled against them by the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Their conviction was followed after the NDLEA’s prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, had reviewed the facts of the criminal charge filed against them.
While reviewing the facts of the charge, the prosecutor, Mr. Ibrahim tendered several documentary evidences, which include certificate of test analysis, drug analysis reports, their written statements written in English and Portuguese languages, and other incriminating materials used in producing the banned drugs, which were admitted as exhibits by the court.
The presiding Judge Oluremi Oguntoyinbo then reserved judgment against the Bolivians till today, following the plea by their lawyer, Chief Benson Ndakara, to be lenient in sentencing them due to the period they had spent in prison custody.
In pleading for lighter jail sentences for the convicts, Chief Ndakara orally cited some legal authorities, but the court ordered him to supply the cited authorities before pronouncing the jail term on the convicts.
Delivering judgment in the criminal charge, Justice Oguntoyinbo, said the jail terms prescribed by the NDLEA Act for count one of the charge is life imprisonment without prescribing minimum sentence.
The judge also stated that the prescribed jail term for second count is 25 years without prescribing minimum jail terms.
Consequently, Justice Oguntoyinbo sentence the three Bolivians to six years each on each count of the two counts, thereby bringing the jail term of each Bolivian to 12 years each. The sentences are to run concurrently
She ordered that the jail terms should start running from 2nd of February, 2012 when they were arrested and have been in prison custody since then and that the drugs seized from the convicts should be destroyed by the officials of the anti-drug agency in the presence of the accused counsel.