DEC Public Relations officer Theresa Katongo says among those arrested is Mariah Mtonga, 36, a former radio personality of a renowned radio station in Lusaka residing at House No. 7 Pelekani Road in Makeni for trafficking in 0.6g of cannabis and a 16 year old boy of Chibolya for trafficking in seven (07) balls of cannabis weighing 16.5g.
Ms Katongo says of the 18 suspects arrested, six (06) are residents of Chibolya while the rest are from other parts of Lusaka but were found trafficking in cannabis in Chibolya compound.
Meanwhile, the Commission has arrested a Cashier of a named bank in Mazabuka for money laundering activities involving over K80 thousand.
Ms Katongo says Chris Chani, 27, a Cashier of House No. 987 St Edmunds Extension in Mazabuka has been arrested for theft by servant contrary to section 278 of the Penal Code and fraudulent false accounting contrary to section 326 (b) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
She says particulars of the offence are that Chris Chani, on dates unknown but between 1st November, 2013, and 31st January, 2014 in Mazabuka District, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did steal K82, 467.90 by making false accounting entries on the accounts of unsuspecting customers of the Bank purporting to show that the customers had actually withdrawn the money when in fact not.
Ms Katongo states that the cashier debited the customers’ accounts without their consent or authorization and later claimed that they were miss posts.
All suspects will appear in court soon.