DEC arrests counterfeit, drug dealers

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The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Eastern Province has arrested and jointly charged two businessmen of Chipata for allegedly being in possession of more than K40,000 counterfeit notes.

George Zimba, 42, a businessman of DK Compound in Chipata has been arrested and jointly charged with David Mutumayo, 41, also a businessman of Magazine Compound in Chipata for being in possession of K49, 900 counterfeit notes.

DEC Public Relations Officer, Theresa Katongo, confirmed in a press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka April 23rd.

Meanwhile, the Commission has arrested over 50 people country-wide during the just-ended Easter holiday period for allegedly trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

Ms Katongo named among those arrested as Kalonga Mangiza, 42, a peasant farmer of Bwengwa area in Monze District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 13.4kg, Catherine Chishala, 29, a businesswoman of Freedom Compound in Chilanga for trafficking in 9.8kg of cannabis and Trywell Kapuma Hiweele, 37, a peasant farmer of Bwengwa area in Monze for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 4.9kg.

Others are Joyce Banda, 22, a businesswoman of Chimwemwe Township in Kitwe for trafficking in cocaine weighing 215.35g, Kelvin Mushingo, 25, of 5477 Kabushi Township in Ndola for trafficking in 6.12kg of cannabis and Rogers Chansa, 31, a Charcoal burner of Zimba Compound in Mufulira for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 3.8kg.

Ms Katongo said the Commission has also arrested and jointly charged Justine Banda, Mathews Banda and Joseph Banda all aged 27 and residing in Lusaka’s Bauleni Compound for trafficking in 25 sachets of heroin and some loose cannabis.

The DEC PRO said all suspects will appear in court soon.