THE Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested a first year civil engineering student at the Copperbelt University after he laced cakes with cannabis.
The Commission has also arrested eight people, among them four foreigners for unlawful possession of devices meant to overcome security measures for protection, unauthorised access to data, possession of implements for forgery and four counts of theft involving over K181,000.
The Commission arrested Chikwanda Chisendele, 21, after a ploy was unearthed in which the suspect laced cakes with cannabis which weighed over one kilogramme.
DEC said the suspect was in police custody and is expected to appear in court soon.
It said it had since intensified efforts to nab individuals behind the vice and cautioned members of the public and institutions of higher learning to be alert in view of the trend of cakes and scones laced with cannabis being trafficked among students.
Meanwhile, DEC has identified the eight suspects as Lili Yaxang, 27, a Chinese businessman of Shizexlan Province, Xu Kai Song, 28, a chef of Herbei Province in China and Yang Fang Deng, 27, a baby seater of Red Lantern Hotel in Lusaka.
The Commission said others include a Ugandan computer engineer and mandarin translator identified as Cliff Bagonza, 32, Allan Mwenya Kabwe, 39, Ben Mwita, 43, Teddy Moonga Zulu, 39 all Zambian businessmen and Noabazake Banda, 44, proprietor of Cool Breeze Lodge in Lusaka.
DEC said the suspects were nabbed as they conducted various transactions involving Point of Sale (POS) machines to dubiously access funds using fake debit cards.
The Commission has since seized implements used by the gang including debit cards, card writers and readers, laptops as well as a Point of Sale (POS) machine.
“The four foreign suspects are currently in police custody while the four local suspects have been released on police bond awaiting appearance in court. The Commission urges members of the public and business houses to beware of fraud using debit cards and Point of Sale machines which is on the rise and any suspicious transactions should be promptly reported in this regard,” said the DEC.