DEC arrests Lusaka businessman for drug trafficking

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The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Central Province has arrested a 40-year-old businessman of Lusaka for trafficking in more than 300 bundles of miraa.


DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo identified the suspect as Simon Mwangulu, 40, of plot number 348 Kamwala in Lusaka, who was arrested for trafficking in 302 bundles of miraa weighing 113.25kg.


The bundles were concealed in five carton boxes.


Ms. Katongo disclosed in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today that Mwangulu was apprehended in Kapiri Mposhi as he was coming from Eastern Province enroute to the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Meanwhile, the Commission over the weekend arrested 47 people countrywide for trafficking in various quantities of cannabis.


Those arrested include Mercy Mupinga, 54, of Muwoonga village in Mumbwa district for trafficking in 63.1kg of cannabis, Erick Musonda, 31, a peasant farmer of Chisango village in Nchelenge district for trafficking in 5.68kg of cannabis and John Litando, 26, of Kalukungu area in Kaoma district for trafficking in 2.31kg of cannabis.


In Lusaka, the Commission arrested Kelvin Chalwe, 27, a taxi driver of Chibolya compound for trafficking in 49 sachets of heroin and 2.3kg of cannabis.


Also arrested is Rodgers Sakala, 25, of Kanyama compound for trafficking in 1.298kg of cannabis.


And in Chipata, the Commission has arrested and jointly charged Cosmas Ngoma, 19, a convict at Namuseche State Prison and an 18-year-old male convict for trafficking in 227g of cannabis.


In the Copperbelt province, those arrested include Thomas Ngambi, 25, a vendor of 389 Nkwazi compound for trafficking in 2.1kg of cannabis, Phillip Lumina, 20, of Kitwe for trafficking in 1.38kg of cannabis and Jossam Banda, 25, a vendor of Nkwazi compound for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 1.3kg.


The DEC Public Relations Officer said all the suspects will appear in court soon.