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DEC arrests two for trafficking in cannabis

By NATION REPORTER

THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Northern Province has arrested two people for trafficking in over 300 kilograms of loose cannabis. 

DEC public relations officer Hussein Khan said the Commission had jointly charged and arrested Chipungu Sikonde, a male aged 29 and Justine Mulenga, a male aged 23 both of Mpulungu District for trafficking in 285 rolls of loose cannabis weighing 301 kilograms contrary to section 15 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act No. 35 of 2021 of the Laws of Zambia. 

Mr Khan said the suspects were apprehended at a known filling station in Mpulungu and that the contraband was wrapped in banana leaves and concealed in black plastics.

He said the suspects are currently detained and will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, Mr Khan has said the Commission in Lusaka has charged and arrested a former student at a known University for two counts of trafficking in psychotropic substances namely 31 grams and 800 grams respectively of cannabis. 

He said Twambo Sichombo a male aged 22 was apprehended in the Mass Media area with 20 cupcakes laced with cannabis weighing 800 grams. A search of his room led to the discovery of 31 grams of loose cannabis.

Mr Khan said Sichombo was believed to have been selling the cannabis laced cupcakes to students in the Mass Media and surrounding areas.

“He is detained in lawful custody will appear in court soon. The Commission would like to sternly warn all individuals involved in selling cannabis and other illegal drugs to desist forthwith as they will be met with the full force of the law,” he said. 

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