THE Government says it is aware of a cartel involved in the illicit drug activities in the notorious Chibolya Township and will soon commence regular operations.
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Gerry Chanda said the Government was aware that drug activities in Chibolya had a foreign dimension.
Colonel Chanda said that currently, the Government was working on modalities to conduct regular operations in Chibolya.
“We are aware that the influence is also being instigated by foreign nationals who have made Chibolya their hideout perpetuating the sale of sophisticated drugs but we will soon move in to root out these activities,” he said.
Col Chanda said the Ministry of Home Affairs had since made presentations to various wings of Government on the way forward.
“We are aware that drug dealers have regrouped so without revealing much, the Government will soon start regular operations in Chibolya,”
Col Chanda said. “We are just putting logistics together before we start the operations.”
The minister has since warned that those involved will face the long arm of the law once caught.
“Whoever will be caught will be dealt with severely so that we can get to the bottom of these activities because in the midst of poverty some of the people in Chibolya are just being used,“ Col Chanda said.
Recently, investigations by the Sunday Times revealed that some of the drugs being sold in Chibolya were cocaine and heroin.
Investigations further revealed that those involved in the drug business had changed tactics which had made them to go unnoticed.
The Drug-Enforcement Commission and other law-enforcement wings in May and September last year conducted raids to crack down on drug dealers in Chibolya and scores of people in the area were arrested.
Times of Zambia