DEC arrest three Nchelenge pupils for cannabis

Cannabis plants that will soon be harvested grow at Northwest Patient Resource Center in Seattle
Cannabis plants that will soon be harvested grow at Northwest Patient Resource Center in Seattle

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has picked up three pupils from Nchelenge secondary school in connection with trafficking in over 600 grams of  loose cannabis.

The three have been identified as 19 years old Agrippa Kabwe, a grade twelve pupil from Kansonso village and Joblin Chipili , 20, a grade eleven pupil from Seketeni village, both of chief Kambwali’s area.

The third pupil has been identified as Milon Musonda, aged 22 who is in grade eleven of Kabuta area in senior chief Mununga’s area.

The trio are all residents of Nchelenge district.

A ZANIS crew that rushed to Nchelenge secondary school on Monday morning found DEC and Police officers screening tow of the suspects, Milon and Joblin.

And one of the Teachers spoken to by ZANIS bemoaned the high rate of drug abuse among pupils at the school.

The teacher who opted to remain anonymous for fear of victimization revealed that the male pupils consume the cannabis which they hide in their socks while female pupils insert wet balls of cannabis in their private parts.

The teacher disclosed that Agrippa was the first to be picked up on saturday and after questioning he led a combined team of DEC and Police officers to Milon and Joblin.

All the three pupils have been detained at Nchelenge Police Station to help with investigations in the matter.

Meanwhile, a team of Security personnel that conducted a search in both the girls and boys dormitories at Nchelenge Secondary School to ascertain the extent of the drug problem at the Institution discovered charms in the lockers of some pupils.

Among the pupils discovered to possess charms is one of the boys who has been picked up in connection with the case of trafficking in 600 grams of cannabis.

Efforts to get a comment from the office of the Luapula Province Education Officer (PEO) , Jessy Banda proved futile as she was reported to be in Lusaka attending a meeting.

Similar efforts to get a comment from the  Nchelenge District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) by Press time proved futile as he was locked up in a meeting