Durban drug lord gets 70 years behind bars

John Jekwu was convicted on 18 counts of dealing in narcotics, racketeering and money laundering.

FILE: A prison warden in a South African prison on 01 December 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A notorious drug lord has been sentenced to 70 years behind bars in KwaZulu-Natal.

John Jekwu commonly known as 'JJ' was convicted on 15 counts of dealing in cocaine and ecstasy, two counts of racketeering one of money laundering.

The police's Vish Naidoo said, "This sentence is the first of its kind and we're hopeful that it would send out a message to future offenders of this nature."