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10 in Lusaka and Copperbelt arrested by DEC for trafficking of cocaine and cannabis

TEN people have been arrested on the Copperbelt and Lusaka for dealing in cocaine and high grade compressed cannabis.

Drug Enforcement Commission( DEC) Public Relations Officer Mathias Kamanga says the commission has noted with concern the high number of medicines coming into the country through borders and has since boosted security.
“ Joe Mwelwa Mpande, aged 27 has been concertedly arrested with Christopher Sinkamba, aged 31, Thomas Chiteta, aged 47 and Phethias Sinkala, aged 47 all of Kawama emulsion in Chililabombwe for dealing in126.08 Kilograms of compressed cannabis concealed in woven sacks, ” he said.

He said also arrested in Lusaka fiefdom, are Phabian Emmanuel Bomboko, Tanzanian National aged 40 for trafficking in11.3 Kilograms of high- grade compressed cannabis concealed in a clear plastic and wrapped in a duvet.
“ The suspect was arrested at Intercity Bus Terminus after the Commission traced the parcel that came into the country through Chirundu border. The Commission has also concertedly charged and arrested Paul Banda, aged 24 with Davies Chintu, a manly aged 21 for trafficking in1.3 Kilograms of high- grade cannabis wrapped in a clear plastic. The two suspects were also arrested at Intercity Bus Terminus when they went to collect the contraband from a machine that came through Chirundu Border Post, ” he said.

“ In a separate incident, the Commission concertedly charged and arrested Abraham Chongo, aged 22 with Tamara Sibanda, aged 34 and Melford Jahdi, a Nigerian public aged 30, all of Malembeka area in Kitwe for dealing in19.05 grams of cocaine concealed in a clear plastic. After being searched, Abraham Chongo was latterly set up with12.44 grams of loose cannabis and2.09 grams of cocaine. farther Abraham Chongo and Melford Jahdi were set up with5.28 grams of cocaine, ” he said.
Mr Kamanga has further advised transporters that medicine trafficking is an offence of strict liability which means that the person on whose guardianship medicines are set up is supposed to be the proprietor.

“ The Commission thus urges transporters to insure that they know what they’re carrying to avoid coming into conflict with the Law. The suspects are presently in police guardianship and will appear in court soon, ” he said.

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