Juvenile in court for drug trafficking

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Juvenile in court for drug trafficking

Chinsali, 13 August ,2014,ZANIS… A juvenile offender and a 49 year old woman of Chinsali have  appeared in court for trafficking in cannabis.

Appearing before Magistrate Shedrik Chanda was a juvenile aged 15 and her aunty Maggie Bwalya  both of Chandamali village in Chief Nkulas` area in Chinsali district.

Particulars of the offence are that on 23 July 2014 the duo jointly and whilst acting with others unknown did traffic in psychotropic substances contrary to section 6 of the narcotic drug and psychotropic substances chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.

And in a statement before the Court Constable Emmanuel Hamumba a Police Officer at Chinsali Central Police station said around 15:00hrs on the material day while he was on duty he received information that there was a Chandamali woman involved in selling cannabis.

Constable Hamumba said after he received the information he went with other officers to search for the houses where the selling of cannabis was suspected.

He said when police officers reached the suspected house they found a young girl and inquired about her father but she said she did not know where he had gone.

Constable Hamumba further said the team of officers left the premises as they did not have any papers allowing them to search the house.

He said that on their way back they met a person who informed them that the juvenile took a black bag to Maggie Bwalya.

Constable Hamumba added that immediately they went back and interrogated the juvenile who revealed that she took the bag to Maggie and led the officers to the suspects house.

He said upon reaching Maggies` house officers asked about the bag that her niece took to her but she refused though later on she admitted and led the police to where she was hiding the bag.

He said the bag containing 33 balls of cannabis was found concealed in a calabash and wrapped in a white plastic bag.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Chanda has adjourned the matter to 19 August 2014 for continuation of trial and both accused persons will remain in custody.