DEC arrests four Somalis, one Zambian for drug trafficking


The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) on the Copperbelt has arrested four Somali nationals and a Zambian for trafficking in 37 bundles of miraa weighing 28.8kg.


DEC Public Relations Officer, Theresa Katongo, disclosed that Hawa Maxmed Uli, 34, a female Somali national of House number 16 Kachipo Kopa road in Ndola was arrested and jointly charged with Charles Kabungo Lesa, 30, a Zambian national of House number 1712 Old Twapia road for trafficking in 33 bundles of miraa weighing 25 kg.


Ms Katongo revealed that the contraband was concealed in a Toyota Spacio which has since been seized by the Commission.


She said Uli was earlier this month arrested for a similar offence involving 27 bundles of miraa weighing 12.7kg in which the Ndola Magistrates Court on February 11, convicted and fined her KR2, 000 in default six months imprisonment with hard labour.


The DEC Public Relations Officer disclosed this in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.


She said the Commission also arrested and jointly charged three Somali nations in Ndola for trafficking in four bundles of miraa weighing 3.8kg.


Ms Katongo named the suspects as Hassan Yusuf, 22, of Ndeke Compound, Abdunkadia Isa, 25, of flat number 55 Independence Avenue, and Saidi Ali of the same abode.


Ms Katongo said all the suspects will appear in court soon.


Meanwhile, the Commission has in the last one week arrested more than 30 people countrywide for trafficking in various quantities of illicit drugs.


She cautioned Zambians and foreign nationals to desist from engaging in illicit activities such as drug trafficking and money laundering.