The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested nine people in Eastern, Central, Lusaka and Copperbelt province for trafficking various quantities of cannabis and cocaine.
In Eastern Province DEC arrested a 34 year-old businessman of Chipembe village for trafficking in over 90kg of loose cannabis.
This is according to statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today by DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo
Ms Katongo disclosed that James Silungwe, of Chipembe village in Nyimba District was arrested for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 93.2kg.
And Ms Katongo has said the commission has also arrested a peasant farmer Helen Tembo, 38 of Kamiza village in Nyimba District in Eastern province for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 1.1kg.
She further stated that the commission has also arrested and jointly charges three people in Lusaka Province namely Charles Chalwe, 31, Patrick Zulu, 22, and Ronald Simbeya, 22, all of Makeni Villa for trafficking in cocaine weighing over 19g.
Others arrested by the Commission include Vinicky Sandala, 41, a Peasant farmer of Lubofu area in Kasempa District for trafficking in 4.2kg of loose cannabis, Rogers Mubambansele, 43, of Luano District for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 4kg and Mathews Siwale, 21, of Mwelwa farm in Serenje District for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 1.3kg.
Ms Katongo disclosed that on the Copperbelt Province, the commission arrested Joseph Kang’omba, 39, a businessman of 24 New Plots, Kasompe area in Chingola for trafficking loose cannabis weighing 1.1kg.
She said all suspects will appear in court soon.