THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested 24 residents of the infamous Chibolya township in Lusaka for alleged drug trafficking.
This comes barely a month after a combined team of officers from the DEC and the Zambia Police Service raided the drug-infested township, arresting over 300 people in an overnight operation.
DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that the 24 residents were arrested for trafficking in various quantities of narcotic and psychotropic substances.
Those arrested include Brian Chishimba, 26, for allegedly trafficking in 257.1grammes of loose cannabis and Joe Mulenga, 25, for allegedly trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 128.6g and 134 tablets of suspected diazepam.
Ms Katongo said the commission also arrested and jointly charged Frank Kachungu, a bus driver, and Modrick Mwelwa, 24, a bus conductor, for allegedly trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 172.3g
Meanwhile, the commission has arrested and jointly charged a 56-year-old Congolese national and a 33-year-old Zambian woman, both of Lusaka, for allegedly trafficking in cocaine.
Kalongo Wa Kalongo, a Congolese businessman, has been arrested and jointly charged with Yvonne Simwanza, for allegedly trafficking in 52 rocks of cocaine.
Ms Katongo said the two suspects were picked from their residence in Lusaka’s John Laing.
And in Muchinga Province, the commission has arrested Ruth Hellen Muwowo, 27, a businesswoman of Ntindi village in Nakonde, for allegedly trafficking in 60 bundles of miraa weighing 27.2kg.
Ms Muwowo was intercepted at a police checkpoint in Mpika district.
Ms Katongo said all suspects will appear in court soon.