Harare City FC player Jerry Chipangura (24) has been jailed for 14 months for possessing 40g of methylenedioxymethamphetamine – commonly known as mutoriro.
Chipangura intended to sell in the city, The Herald reported.
He was jailed by Harare regional magistrate Feresi Chakanyuka.
The court heard that on June 30 2022, at around 8 pm, police were informed that Chipangura was dealing in meth in Mabvuku, Harare.
Detectives went to New Mabvuku where they found him along John Tapedza Road.
The detectives identified themselves before searching him and found 40g of meth in a small Adidas black bag that he was carrying.
The drug was in two sachets.
Field tests on the drug carried out in his presence tested positive for meth.
Drug abuse has been on the rise in recent years to the extent that President Emmerson Mnangagwa had to appoint a task force to hunt down drug peddlers.
Most abused drugs include ganja cakes, a prohibited cough syrup called BronCleer (bronco), mbanje and illicit beers known as “musombodhiya” in street lingo.
Drug abuse has had severe effects on abusers’ health with some even dying.
A report released previously noted that Parirenyatwa Hospital attends to about 800 mental health patients monthly with most of the ailments being related to drugs.
Admission is only for those with serious illnesses that they cannot go back home while most of them are sent back home after treatment.
Most patients have complications arising from crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as “mutoriro”, “dombo” or “guka.”