Farayi Machamire 21 May 2018
HARARE – A Chinese couple has been arraigned before the court after they
were found in possession of five sachets of cocaine.
Cheng Lixiang, 34, and Zhang Xiaohui, 33, who are husband and wife were
granted $500 bail when they appeared before Harare magistrate Victoria
State had opposed bail arguing that Lixiang had a pending case before the
courts where he was being accused of forging documents to get a work
However, his defence counsel successfully argued that having a pending
case before the courts does not prove that Lixiang will be a flight risk.
Allegations are that on April 28 2018 detectives received information to
the effect that the duo who reside in Gunhill, Harare were dealing in
dangerous drugs and were in possession of an unregistered firearm.
A warrant of search and seizure was applied for and duly issued by a
magistrate at Harare magistrate court on April 28, 2018.
The court heard that, on April 30, at around 100hours detectives proceeded
to the accused’s house to execute the warrant.
A search was conducted in the house in the presence of Xiaohui and three
sachets of cocaine were recovered from a gun cabin.
It is further alleged that a further search was conducted in the lounge
leading to the recovery of two more sachets of cocaine inside a table
The cocaine was seized by the police and a field test was conducted at CID
drugs and narcotics Harare and the recovered 5 sachets of cocaine tested
positive for cocaine.
The test was conducted in the presence of the accused person leading to