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DEC seize 336 bottles of Benylin with codeine at Victoria Falls Border

THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in collaboration with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) have seized a consignment of Benylin with Codeine syrup at Victoria Falls Border in Livingstone.

In a joint statement made available to #Mwebantu by Drugs Enforcement Commissioner Public Relations Officer Mathias Kamanga and ZRA Corporate and Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda the organisations said the consignment was discovered during a search conducted on a Shalom Truck which was coming from South Africa and was being driven by Mate Mbomena, a male aged 37 and James Phiri, a male aged 48 both of Chawama Compound in Lusaka.

They added that 7 boxes containing 336 bottles of Benylin with codeine were discovered and seized together with the truck on which the drugs were being transported.

They further said the two drivers have since been charged and arrested for the offence of drug trafficking contrary to section 15 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act No. 35 of 2021 of the Laws of Zambia, and illegal importation of narcotics contrary to section 16 of the same Act.

“As the public may be aware, the abuse of the said drug has been on the increase in many parts of the country and is contributing to the moral decay of people especially the youth,” the statement read.

“You may recall that barely a month ago, we announced the seizure of more than 10,400 bottles from the same border point,”.

The two organisations have since advised people engaging in similar offences to refrain from the vice or risk prosecution.

They further said the suspects are in Police custody and will appear in court soon.

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