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DEC Apprehends 4 Drug Traffickers

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Southern Province has apprehended four individuals suspected to be key players in the illegal drug trade in Choma town.

Meanwhile, in Northern Province, the Commission executed two separate operations leading to the arrest of two individuals involved in unlawful cultivation.

According to a statement issued by Mwenge Mulenga, Public Relations Officer for the Drug Enforcement Commission, the suspects apprehended in Choma are believed to have been actively involved in trafficking heroin and other psychotropic substances.

Among those arrested is Lushomo Banda, a 21-year-old male from Choma town, found in possession of 68 sachets of heroin weighing over 4 grams. The other suspects, Gift Mudenda, Luckson Mulunda, and Simon Mashikini, were found with loose cannabis.

In a coordinated effort in Northern Province, the Commission apprehended two suspects involved in the unlawful cultivation of cannabis. Febian Chipasha, 67, from Chitoshi Village of Lunte District, was arrested for cultivating 482 kilograms of fresh cannabis plants, while Gabriel Chama, 35, of Kabuta Village in Luwingu District, was nabbed for cultivating 45.3 kilograms of fresh cannabis plants.

All suspects have been charged under section 15 of the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Act no. 35 of 2021 of the Laws of Zambia. They are currently in police custody awaiting their court appearances.

The DEC remains committed to combatting the illegal drug trade and protecting communities from the associated violence and crime. These swift actions underscore the Commission’s dedication to upholding law and order and ensuring the safety and well-being of the populace.

Citizens are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to drug trafficking or cultivation to the authorities, as collective efforts are crucial in combating this menace and safeguarding communities across Zambia.

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