Indian nationals jailed on drug charges

Four Indian nationals have been sentenced to eight years each for drug related charges and money laundering.

File Picture: Drugs lab. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Four Indian nationals, who pleaded guilty to four drugs related charges, will each spend eight years behind bars.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the men, who pleaded guilty to the charges, which also include racketeering and money laundering were sentenced in the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court on Monday.

They were arrested in April 2011, when a large drug laboratory with equipment valued at R2 billion was uncovered in Kraaifontein.

While the sentencing also relates to the manufacturing of tik, police said the facility was being used to manufacture mostly a powder, commonly used in the making of mandrax tablets.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila said, "They pleaded guilty to four charges and they were each sentenced to eight years imprisonment. Their assets were also confiscated."

He believes the sentencing has made a dent in the drug trade in the city.

"It's a good step for us as the NPA and the police. We are committed to fighting the drug trade in the Western Cape."