Accused in drugs case demands to know whistle blower

HARARE - A former British soldier who was busted at his Glen Lorne home with an assortment of machinery used to make cocaine capsules and drugs is demanding to know the whistle blower before his trial commences.

James  Francis Joscelyne, 39, appeared before Harare magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta yesterday charged with dealing in dangerous drugs.

He was a British Army soldier attached to the Queen’s regiment before he retired and moved to Zimbabwe in 2002.

Joscelyn  was represented by advocate Sylvester Hashiti who made an application for the State to disclose the informant before he moves to trial.

“If a case is to proceed to trial where there is a whistle blower, the accused person has the right to know.

“We need to know so that the accused person knows how to plead and also prepare his defence,” Hashiti said.

Prosecutor Oscar Madhume said he would have responded to the plea by August 16 when the matter is expected back in court.

According  to court papers, Joscelyne admitted during an interview that he was processing tablets containing ecstasy powder and cocaine and selling a capsule for $3 through an organised syndicate in Harare.

It was alleged that on July 20, detectives from CID Drugs and Narcotics  division were tipped that Joscelyne was producing dangerous drugs at his  home and they raided his home after presenting a warrant to Joscelyne.

Detectives discovered in Joscelyne’s bedroom two sachets of a substance suspected  to be cocaine with a street value of $640 and 43 ecstasy tablets valued at $129.

A bowl containing ecstasy powder and empty plastic packaging were recovered in the kitchen.

It  was further alleged that two drug processing machines; a single-punch pill-maker and a dagga compressing machine, 25kg of micro crystalline cellulose used in pharmaceutical tablet-making, 300 empty capsules and food colorants were also found in the house.

The recovered drugs were taken for forensic examinations and the results are yet to be obtained.

Comments (1)

let him rot in prison. kuda kutikuvadzira vana vedu murungu iyeye. i pray many more be arrested. ngaagare mujeri

kelly - 11 August 2017

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