Alleged drug kingpin, wife set for trial in October

Alleged drug kingpin Livingstone Napoleon, 60, and his wife Ingrid, 59, will go on trial on October 26 for drug possession, drug dealing and money laundering.

CHARGED: Alleged drug kingpin Livingstone Napoleon, 60, and his wife Ingrid Napoleon, 59, in the East London Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Picture: ZWANGA MUKHUTHU

The couple appeared in the East London Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where the trial date was set.

The trial will start with Napoleon appearing in the East London regional court alone on the morning of October 26 to face charges of drug possession and drug dealing.

The charges relate to an incident on March 25 2015, when Napoleon allegedly sold 500 mandrax tablets to a narcotics officer during a covert operation in his Fynbos house.

The second charge of drug dealing relates to another sting operation held a few weeks later on April 16, when Napoleon allegedly sold 1019 mandrax tablets to another narcotics agent.

The third count of drug possession relates to 3181 mandrax tablets that were allegedly discovered inside Napoleon’s house during a police raid on July 8 the same year.

Magistrate Nomthandazo Vabaza will preside in this case.

In the afternoon of October 26, Napoleon will be joined by his wife in the East London regional court to face a charge of money laundering.

This charge relates to R1398390.80 found by police during the July 8 2015 raid scattered across the couch in the couple’s home.

The state claims that the money was the proceeds of drug dealing.

Ingrid claimed in her defence that the money was the proceeds of chicken sales.

Magistrate Deon Rossouw will preside in that matter.

Yesterday the couple, who are out on warning, appeared before magistrate Rochelle Sam, who explained the trial date to them. — zwangam@dispatch.co.za

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