THE Drug Enforcement Commission in Eastern Province in conjunction with the Zambia Police has arrested a businessman for theft by agent and money laundering involving over K142,000.
DEC stated that particulars of the offence are that David Nyirenda, 21 of house No. 3229, Chimutyulu, in Lundazi on dates unknown but between April 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019 while engaged as an agent for a named telecommunications company, stole K142,710 through fraudulent commissions and built three two-bedroomed flats in Chama.
The commission stated that the suspect was on police bond and was expected to appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, DEC has arrested four people for trafficking in 497 kilogrammes of cannabis in various operations conducted countrywide.
DEC stated that the suspects include Situmbeko Simwitu, 37 a small-scale farmer of Liyomba village in Nalolo District arrested for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 296 kilogrammes intercropped with tomatoes in a bid to conceal the contraband.
It stated that other suspects include George Chiwele, 30 a fisherman of Chandwe village in Nchelenge district who has been arrested and jointly charged with Derrick Mushili, 21 of Mutono village and David Phiri, 36 of Chandamali in Petauke district for trafficking in 201 kilogrammes of loose cannabis.
And the Commission in the Copperbelt Province has arrested three suspects for trafficking in miraa weighing a total of 108.8 kilogrammes.
DEC stated that the suspects are identified as Saidi Banda, 33 jointly charged with Fardosa Abdi, a female Somalian both of Ndeke township in Ndola for trafficking in 91.4 kilogrammes of miraa while Saidi Abdullahi Abdi, 26, also of Ndeke Township has been arrested for trafficking in 17.4 kilogrammes of miraa.
The Commission stated that the suspects are in police custody and are expected to appear in court soon.