DEC launches manhunt for two suspects involved in cultivation of marijuana in Monze District


The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has initiated a manhunt for two suspects involved in an illegal cultivation of cannabis in Mungolo Village of Monze District, Southern Province.

According to Julie Mukumwa, Assistant Public Relations Officer, the site was found to contain fresh cannabis plants weighing 3.2 tonnes.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday, Mukumwa identified the suspects as M’Clever Mweemba and Kereson Mweemba, who were residing in the same household in Mungolo Village.

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“The duo who were utilising irrigation systems and applying fertilizer when growing the illicit substance are on the run and a manhunt has been launched,” she said.

In Northern province, Mukumwa said they had apprehended a male suspect identified as Albert Kyebo, aged 50, from Kyeebo village in Kalumbila District for the illegal cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 325 kilogrammes.

She further said the Commission had arrested two more suspects in the same area for illegal cultivation of cannabis plants weighing a combined total of 200 kilogrammes.

‘The suspects involved in the illicit activity have been identified as Jennifer Namfukwe, female aged 65 from Kawama Village in Senga Hill District, who was arrested for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 115 Kilogrammes,” Mukumwa said.

She further named Moses Simbuwa, aged 43, who was jointly charged with Kackstone Simbuwa, aged 45, both from Kawama Village in Senga Hill District, for the unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis weighing 85 kilogrammes .

“All suspects have been charged and are awaiting court appearances,” she said.

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