DEC arrests Malawian, Zambians for possessing fake money

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The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Eastern province has arrested and jointly charged a Malawian national and two Zambians for being in possession of K10, 000 counterfeit notes.


Amos Nzima, 32, a bricklayer of Nanana village in Malawi has been arrested and jointly charged with Staylud Chipeta, 60, a peasant farmer of Chilondola village and Sankani Kepson Phiri, 57, a peasant farmer of Chikalema village both of Lundazi district for being in possession of K10, 000 counterfeit notes in K100 bills.


In a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today, DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo explained that the trio was apprehended from Ntintimila trading centre in Lundazi district.


Meanwhile, the commission over the weekend arrested more than 25 five people countrywide for trafficking in psychotropic substances.


Those arrested and jointly charged include Rama Ifra Barri, a 50 year old female Somalian national of house number 6253 and Brian Malama, 31, a taxi driver of house number 4770 both of Lubuto township in Ndola for trafficking in five bundles of miraa weighing 4.2kg.


Others include Mangule Phiri, 48, a businessman of Matero township in Lusaka for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 101kg and Boniface Lungu, 26, a peasant farmer of Nkontwe village in Petauke district for trafficking in 56kg of loose cannabis.


Also arrested is Njamba Kabuka, 35, a peasant farmer of Kaposhi area in Kaoma district for trafficking in 2.6kg of loose cannabis and Janet Ngulube, 38, of Kaluba village in Lundazi district for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 1.6kg.


Ms. Katongo further disclosed that in Luapula province, the commission has arrested Kennedy Mwenya, 35, a businessman of Mulambe village in Nchelenge district for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 5.144kg.


She said all suspects will appear in court soon.