A pair of drug dealers in the Northern Cape, Upington have been sentenced to 57 years imprisonment collectively. This comes after the pair were arrested back in March 2017 by the Hawks.
Uzuma Uka Phillip Chinedu (37) and Izuchukwu Johnson Obi (37) were found guilty of racketeering and drug dealing.
It’s been said it only took a couple of drug transactions for there to be enough evidence to go ahead with their arrest. The drug dealers were operating from a property on Carlton Street and it was well known in the area to be a “haven for drug addicts and dealers”
Both suspects attended Upington Magistrates Court and the decision to sentence Chinedu to fifteen years for drug dealing, an additional 15 years for corruption and another year for illegal entry to the county. Obi had the lesser sentence, 6 years for racketeering, ten years for the dealing of drugs and an additional one year for being in the county illegally.
Chinedu had a total of 40 years imprisonment and Obi received 17 years imprisonment.
The property on Carlton Street has now been demolished due to the “bad elements” it attracted.