A 20-YEAR-OLD St Faith’s High School student who chose to utilise the lockdown-induced schools closure to trade in marijuana has been sentenced to five years behind bars.
Tatenda Junior Dziruni, an Upper Sixth student, was arrested together with his cousin, Leeroy Saungweme (20), while in possession of 9 kilogrammes of marijuana at their Vengere home.
The duo was convicted on their own guilty plea when they recently appeared before Rusape magistrate, Miss Ruth Moyo.
Miss Moyo set aside one year of the sentence on condition of good behaviour.
Their pleas for a lighter and non-custodial sentence on account of their ages were not entertained by the court.
Appearing for the State, Mr Roy Weja said detectives received a tip-off that the duo was dealing in marijuana.
“On July 19, detectives who were on routine surveillance patrols received a tip-off that Dziruni and Saungweme were dealing in dangerous drugs at their house.
“Detectives approached the two who were at home. They identified themselves as police officers and searched the duo’s bedroom.
“They recovered loose mbanje stashed in a black plastic bag and a white 50kg sack as well as 11 twists.
“They were arrested and the mbanje was recovered,” said Mr Weja.