THE Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested and charged 13 suspects for trafficking in loose cannabis, seeds and unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants in Lavushimanda district of Muchinga Province.
DEC acting public relations officer Kamufisa Manchishi stated yesterday that the suspects were found with the drugs weighing over 105 tonnes.
He stated that nine of the suspects have been slapped with additional charges for trafficking in 322.9 kilogrammes of dry loose cannabis in separate incidents.
Manchishi stated that the suspects were currently in police custody and would soon appear in court.
“The suspects are identified as Bishirt Banda, 65, Zeddy Mumba, 44, Rudoh Ngosa, 25, and Desho Mwape of Mumpamanzi village, Chintu Mulenga, 17, Maxwell Kachule, 18, Ngosa Manda, 16, Chula Kunda, 17, and Maxwell Manda 17, all of Isaac village in Lavushimanda district of Muchinga Province,” stated Manchishi.
“Others include Febby Banda, 54, Madson Manda, 31, Maxson Chilando,43, and Stanley Kazembe, 50, popularly known as “Satana” of Kamwendo village also of Lavushimanda district. The suspects were nabbed in four major operations conducted by the Commission in the area leading to the discovery of several fields of cannabis believed to be supplying various towns in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Eastern provinces.”