Nigerian Drug Dealer and Wife Escape Jail Time, Court Hands Down Suspended Sentence for Manufacturing "Cat"

Nigerian Drug Dealer and Wife Escape Jail Time, Court Hands Down Suspended Sentence for Manufacturing "Cat"

  • A couple caught red-handed manufacturing drugs will not spend a single day behind bars
  • Santos Onwukaik and his wife Sandra were handed suspended sentences for making the street drug "cat"
  • The sentence comes as South Africa is battling with a drug pandemic that is stealing the youth

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KEMPTON PARK - A drug manufacturing couple convicted on drug charges won't go to jail after a magistrate handed them suspended sentences.

Drug manufacturing couple escapes jail time
A Nigerian drug dealer and his wife won't spend a single day in jail for making the street drug "cat" after the court handed down a suspended sentence. Image: Stock photo
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Santos Onwukaike and his wife Sandra were caught red-handed manufacturing the street drug "cat" on 31 August 2017.

An extensive investigation by the Hawks began after authorities received a tip-off that the couple was making drugs in a unit in Avalon Lifestyle Estate in Kempton Park.

According to the spokesperson for Gauteng Hawks Captain Lloyd Ramovha, analysis and surveillance began on 5 May 2017.

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According to News24, a seizure operation occurred on 31 August that same year when the couple was caught manufacturing the drug.

The drug manufacturing couple appeared in court on 1 September 2017, where there were denied bail and remanded in custody until July 2018. The case dragged on for years, but the couple was recently guilty of dealing with and manufacturing drugs.

The Kempton Park Magistrate's Court sentenced the duo to eight years imprisonment suspended for five years provided they are not found guilty of a similar offence during the suspension term.

The couple's slap on the wrist comes as the nation is battling a growing substance abuse problem. EWN reported that South African youth are being lost to drug use, with a 20-year-old telling the publication that he resorts to crime to support his Cat addiction.

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South Africans react to the drug kingpin's suspended sentence.

Citizens are disturbed that the drug-manufacturing couple was given a slap on the wrist, complaining that the justice system had failed.

Here are some comments:

@SelbyNhleko commented:

"It's a joke."

@Umalumewabantu added:

"The rot runs deeper than initially thought."

@SKhalosa_Africa claimed:

"Back to business as usual for the couple."

@MruvahG stated:

"It's demoralizing for the POLICE"

@_Mcebo_ said:

"...and the police are supposed to arrest the same people repeatedly. That's why they also end up taking bribes, like what's the use!"

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