A Harare man who was arrested after a stump of dagga cigarette was recovered on his bed spent the weekend in prison after he was convicted for dealing in drugs.
The stump led to the recovery of three dagga plants which he was growing behind his house.
Abraham Bhusvumani, 27, pleaded guilty to both counts saying he once smoked dagga resulting in seeds falling off.
“The seeds germinated on their own and I only maintained them,” he told a Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa who then convicted him on Friday before he was remanded in custody pending his sentence.
Following his conviction, he begged the court for leniency in passing sentence saying he was a man of no means.
“The only property I own is a bed and I have a wife and a month old baby. If I’m caged no one will take care of them,” he said.
Bhusvumani was arrested on January 25 this year after police officers received information to the effect that he was dealing in drugs.
The police went to his home and ransacked his room only to find a cigarette stump on his bed.
A further search was conducted in his yard leading to the recovery of three dagga plants which were 1’5 meters long.
According to prosecutor Crispen Chikafu the cigarette has a street value of 25 cents while the dagga retrieved from the plants is worth $10.