Drug Enforcement Agency arrests 8, seizes over 5 tons of cannabis, other narcotic substances


The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has seized more than 5 tons of cannabis, various narcotics and arrested eight people that included a Somali national.

DEC Public Relations Officer, Mwenge Mulenga, said this was done in a meticulously executed series of targeted raids across different regions of the country.

Mulenga in a statement issued in Lusaka said the intensified operations aligned with the Commission’s strategic goal of curbing the illegal substance supply chain, thereby reducing their availability in communities.

He stated that the proactive approach addressed the surge in criminal activities and the emergence of dangerous groups, colloquially referred to as ‘Junkies,’ safeguarding communities from their adverse impacts.

“These successful operations highlight DEC’s vital role in safeguarding communities from the harmful effects of illegal drugs,” Mulenga said.

He added that by dismantling cultivation and trafficking, the Commission was not only bringing criminals to justice but also working to prevent the associated crime, violence and health problems that plagued communities affected by the drug trade.

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Mulenga emphasized that DEC’s tireless efforts are a testament to the dedication to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and well-being of all Zambians.

“These recent successes serve as a strong message to those involved in illegal drug activities. The Commission will not rest until it has eradicated this harmful trade from Northwestern Province and beyond,” he assured.

Mulenga indicated that the suspect had since been arrested and charged with trafficking in and importation of narcotic drugs contrary to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act No.35 of the Laws of Zambia.

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