Self-confessed drug lord gets slap on wrist, ordered to pay R1m fine

Self-confessed drug lord gets slap on wrist, ordered to pay R1m fine

- Livingstone Napoleon, the self-confessed drug lord, evaded time in prison by agreeing to pay a R1 million fine

- Livingstone was found guilty of drug-related crimes and would have served 10 years in prison if his plea agreement wasn't accepted

- The convicted drug lord will pay R50 000 a month towards the R1 million of which he already paid R400 000

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61-year-old Livingstone Napoleon from Eastern Cape entered into a plea agreement with the state and will pay a R1 million fine.

Livingstone, a mandrax dealer, was found guilty of money laundering, drug dealing and drug possession in August and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

However, senior state advocate Nceba Ntelwa negotiated with Livingstone's representative, Leon Van der Merwe, and it was agreed that Livingstone would pay the fine instead of going to prison.

Tsepo Ndwalaza, NPA spokesperson, said there were mitigating factors that were considered when Livingstone's sentence was overturned.

Napoleon’s age, he is married and has six children, the youngest being 23 years, who resides with him and his wife; he only completed Grade 8 at school, he is unemployed and his health status is bad and he had just been medically operated [on].

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DispatchLIVE reports that Roger Weimann, Sanca’s Eastern Cape director, found the sentence an outrage. He added that drug abuse is rising in the East London communities, with most users younger than 30.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Livingstone already paid R400 000 of the R1 million. He will from now on pay R50 000 a month until he has paid the debt in full.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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