Convicted drug dealer and kingpin, Fadwaan Murphy, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison and fined R 2 million.

The 51-year-old was sentenced in the Western Cape High Court last week Friday.

Murphy was arrested on 139 counts of attempted dealing in drugs, one count of dealing in drugs and 73 counts of money laundering.

His ex-wife, Shafieka Murphy was also sentenced to 15 years in prison on the same charges.

It is alleged that Murphy used his company, Ulterior Trading Solutions, as a front to conceal his drug dealings and money laundering.

The State successfully argued that his drug dealing came from his greed for money and power and that his actions destroyed communities and people living among them.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s, Eric Ntabazalila, says the officers who dealt with this case have been lauded for their good work.

“Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions Adv Nicolette Bell applauded the investigating and prosecution team for their tenacity in piecing together the case despite the challenges they faced and their resolve during the marathon trial of five years”.

Meanwhile, the accused immediately applied for leave to appeal and their case was postponed to 29 January 2024 for arguments.