A 27-year-old Ndola man was taken into custody after 45 rounds of ammo thought to be for a pistol were discovered in his hands.
Jonathan Mulinda, who was thought to be a drug dealer, was discovered in possession of a white material that was thought to be cocaine, but tests revealed it was not cocaine.
However, the suspect was detained during the operation by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) after being discovered in possession of pistol ammunition.
The suspect is being held in police custody as he waits to appear in court, according to Copperbelt Police Commanding Officer Peacewell Mweemba.
According to Mr. Mweemba, Ndola-based DEC officials conducted a raid on Mulinda’s home as part of an operation after receiving information that the aforementioned suspect was involved in the drug trade.
“The officers, as per procedure obtained a search warrant from the courts of law and that gave them the powers to conduct a search. During the search they found some whitish substance which was suspected to be cocaine. They continued searching and further found 45 rounds of ammunition in the bedroom of the suspect in the drawers of the wardrop. When Mulinda was interviewed about the ammunition he disclosed that they belonged to one of his friends whom he stayed with but later moved out of the house,” he said.
Mr Mweemba said his friend asked Mulinda to keep the ammunition for him.