South African minister's wife guilty in drug case

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Posted: May 05, 2011 10:56 AM
South African minister's wife guilty in drug case

Prosecutors say the wife of the South African Cabinet minister in charge of intelligence has been convicted of dealing in illegal drugs.

National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson says Sheryl Cwele and her co-defendant were found guilty in an eastern South African court Thursday. They face a minimum of 15 years in prison, and sentencing is expected Friday.

The two were accused of recruiting women to smuggle drugs from Turkey and South America. One of the women was arrested in Brazil in 2008 with more than 20 pounds (10 kilograms) of cocaine in her luggage and is now in a Brazilian jail.

Cwele's husband, State Security Minister Siyabonge Cwele, has not commented publicly on the case.