Drug Enforcement Agency apprehends Tanzanian truck driver, others for allegedly trafficking in illicit drugs


The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has apprehended a Tanzanian truck driver identified as Kairo John Mwangoge, male, aged 51, for trafficking in loose cannabis.

DEC Assistant Public Relations Officer, Theresa Mawere, said the cannabis weighed 88.8 kilogrammes and was concealed in 13 bundles hidden under the trailer of the truck.

Mawere in a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday, stated that the interception took place at Kazungula One-Stop Border Post while the truck was enroute from South Africa to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

She said in Lusaka, the Commission arrested another Tanzanian national identified as Bundala Meshack Francis, male, aged 40, a resident of Makeni area, for trafficking in 13 pre-packs of cannabis and three pre-packs of suspected narcotics.

“The seized drugs from the operation were taken to Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Drug and Food Laboratory for analysis,” Mawere stated.

She said the suspected drugs were confirmed to be 13 pre-packs of high-grade cannabis weighing 11.4 kilogrammes and three pre-packs of crystal Methamphetamine with a total weight of 761 grams.

Mawere added that two female Zambians of Somalian origin, identified as Fatima Muhamed, aged 54, and Rhoda Yussuf, aged 36, were apprehended on the Copperbelt for trafficking in eight bundles of Khat Mirra weighing over three kilogrammes.

She said that the illicit drugs were being sold in pre-packs from their residence in Ndola’s Ndeke Township.

“In Luanshya district, Christopher Simutenda male, aged 62, and Loness Tembo female aged 59, both residents of Kafubu Block 2 Farming Block, were nabbed for trafficking in over five kilogrammes of cannabis concealed in a sack,” Mawere disclosed.

In North-Western Province, the Commission in Solwezi arrested two male suspects for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants, she said.

Mawere identified those arrested as Kendrick Chifwaya, male, aged 21 arrested for unlawful cultivation of 315 Kilograms and Pethias Chifwaya, male, aged 29, for unlawful cultivation of 238 kilograms of fresh cannabis plants.

She said the duo were from Zangamenu area in Solwezi district.

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“In Muchinga Province, DEC has apprehended Evans Chanda male aged 42 of Chalabesa village in Kanchibiya District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 67 kilograms,” Mawere stated.

She said these arrests serve as a warning to those who engage in various illegal drug activities that their actions will not go unpunished.

Mawere assured that the Commission remained resolute in its mission to safeguard communities from the devastating effects of trafficking and drug abuse, working tirelessly to uphold the rule of law and promote a safer, drug-free Zambia.

“The Commission encourages citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to drug trafficking, as collective efforts are essential in the fight against this pervasive threat to society,” she said.

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