Three men believed to be part of gang terrorising illegal immigrants and smugglers along the Limpopo River have been jailed an effective 10 months after they were found in possession of an assortment of firearms and ammunition.
Munyaradzi Ncube (27), Elphas Chigudugudze (34), and Tafara Moyo (30) of Kwekwe, Gwanda, and Buhera respectively were busted by the national security task force while coming from South Africa through an illegal crossing point near the Chinyampanze area.
They had two Berretta Gordon Gardiner pistols, one Vektor CPI Pistol, and an assortment of ammunition.
The trio was convicted on their own plea of guilty when they appeared before Beitbridge Regional Magistrate Mr Innocent Bepura on Friday charged for contravening a section of the Firearms Act (unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition without a license).
Ncube and his crew have another pending armed robbery case which is set for trial on January 25.
The trio was left with an effective 10 months to serve when the magistrate conditionally suspended five months of the 15 months term for five years.
The firearms and ammunition were forfeited to the State.
Prosecuting, Mr Ronald Mugwagwa said on September 27 last year, Ncube and his accomplices arrived in the country via the Limpopo River carrying firearms and small satchels.
They were intercepted by a police patrol near Chinyampanze area.
They asked the trio to produce licenses but they failed resulting in their subsequent arrest.