Two years imprisonment for attempted bribery of NDEA agent


The sentence was imposed after the presiding Judge heard evidence that Muhammad Issa Khudabin had offered to pay an NDEA agent the sum of R25,000 in exchange for releasing his wife, who had been arrested on a charge of illegal possession of heroin.

Evidence before the court, which concluded its proceedings on July 24, 2012, established that both Mr Khudabin and his wife, 35-year-old Khadijan Salma Khudabin, were arrested by the NDEA on May 14, 2010 at St Louis.

When arrested, Khadijan Salma Khudabin was found in possession of 2.1 grams of heroin. The court found that Mr Khudabin aided and abetted his wife in the commission of the offence. Both were sentenced to five years imprisonment on the drugs charge. The additional two years imposed on Mr Khudabin on the bribery charge will be served concurrently with the sentence for the drugs charge.

Meanwhile, recent court decisions concerning drug cases have resulted in sentences of 10 and eight years imprisonment being imposed by the Supreme Court on two drug dealers following their conviction for drug trafficking.

On June 26, 2012, Slater Anderson, a 30-year-old single farmer from Anse Gaulette was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment after he was convicted of drug trafficking. On December 7, 2010 he was found by the NDEA in possession of cultivated cannabis plants at his home. Anderson pleaded guilty to the charge having heard details of the NDEA case against him.

A second case was concluded on July 16, 2012 in respect of Guymy Etienne, a 41-year-old self-employed man from Mont Plaisir, who was convicted of drug trafficking in respect of the possession of 19 kilogrammes of cannabis and sentenced to ten years imprisonment.
Etienne was arrested by the NDEA on March 5, 2012 following a high speed chase in the vicinity of his home.

In other developments, the NDEA said it conducted a search for drugs in the Bougainville area on Saturday July 14 and located more than 50 cannabis plants in various stages of maturity.

Most of the plants were mature and ready for the market. These plantations provide drug dealers with a ready source of supply from which they distribute to users in various parts of the country. Several such small plantations have been discovered by the NDEA in recent years.

A number of significant arrests for drug trafficking have also been made in recent days – one on Praslin and one on Mahe. The arrest on Mahe occurred at Roche Bois and followed many months of surveillance as a result of complaints from residents of persistent drug-related activity in the area. Both of those arrested have been placed in custody and it is anticipated that both will be charged with drug trafficking in the coming days.

The NDEA is involved in a number of active operations in pursuit of drug dealers and their suppliers and always welcome and appreciate any help that members of the public can provide in the pursuit of this serious social issue.

The NDEA would like to emphasise that its work is aimed solely at trying to prevent the damage done to society by the sale of illegal drugs, the use of which can impact permanently on the lives of those affected, on the community, and has the potential to corrupt and instill fear in the lives of those affected.
The NDEA can be contacted on 4611909.