DEC arrests 18 illegal drug dealers in Nchelenge

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——The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested 18 people for trafficking in cannabis weighing 43.714 kilo grams in Chienge District of Luapula Province.

DEC Public Relations Officer (PRO), Theresa Katongo, confirmed the arrests in a telephone interview with ZANIS in Nchelenge this morning and said those arrested include three juveniles and a 65-year-old woman.

Ms Katongo said the culprits were arrested on November 28, 2014, in Chienge between 01: 00 hours and 06: 00 hours after DEC officers at the Nchelenge office invaded the border district.

She said 13.981 kilo grams of seed and 29.733 kilo grams of cannabis were confiscated by the officers during the operations.

Ms. Katongo has saluted the DEC officers at the Nchelenge office for relentlessly fighting to put a stop to drug trafficking and warned the members of the general public to heed or face the wrath of the law.