South African man convicted of selling fake drugs after trying to sell to US
A South African businessman has been sentenced to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to selling fake pills and heroin to the US.
The 38-year-old man from the North West Province pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances with intent to commit a drug offence in the US state of Mississippi.
He had been charged in January with conspiracy to supply controlled substances.
The case was brought to the attention of South Africa’s national police in July, when police found a shipment of pills at a drug lab in New York.
The man was arrested after the package was found at the home of a US citizen.
He told police he was trying to deliver the drugs to the pharmacy in the South East.
He was charged in the state with a class B drug offence and will serve his sentence in a US prison.
The prosecution alleged he sold drugs in New Jersey and Florida, and also sold heroin to US customers.
He admitted to the charges in court on Tuesday.
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority said it would investigate the case, but would not release the names of the customers who bought the drugs.
A South African court sentenced a South African to 7 years in jail after he pled guilty to conspiracy in the State of Mississippi to distribute a controlled substance with intent.
The person, who cannot be named, was arrested in September in a drug bust in New Mexico.
He was charged with trafficking and conspiracy to manufacture controlled substances and sentenced to eight years in state prison.