Drug Enforcement Commission nabs two Tanzanians, others for trafficking in illicit drugs


The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested two Tanzanian nationals for trafficking 4.48 kilogrammes of fresh Khat/Miraa.

In a complex operation, a Tanzanian bus with registration number CGO 55034K05, traveling from Tanzania to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was intercepted at Ntoposhi Toll Gate in Mansa District, Luapula Province.

Theresa Mawere, DEC Assistant Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrests in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday.

Mawere said the illegal substance was cleverly concealed in bundles sealed in a box discovered during a routine inspection of the bus.

“The individuals apprehended in connection with this illicit activity have been identified as Nindi Juma Salum, a 47-year-old male bus conductor and Ibrahim Mudihiri Burbani, a 44-year-old male driver,” she said.

The suspects were found in possession of fresh Khat/Miraa, a stimulant plant classified as an illegal substance in many countries due to its psychoactive properties.

In another significant development, DEC in Solwezi District, North-Western Province, apprehended Sam Mupila, a 28-year-old male from Kyawama area, for trafficking 2.45 kilogrammes of loose cannabis.

The cannabis was skillfully concealed in bundles, highlighting the sophisticated methods traffickers use to evade detection.

Additionally, DEC officers arrested Gloria Chilanga, a 23-year-old female from the same area, for trafficking 1.48 kilogrammes of loose cannabis.

The drugs were meticulously hidden in small paper balls and sachets, indicating a high level of planning and concealment.

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“All suspects are currently in lawful custody and are awaiting court appearances. These arrests underscore the DEC’s ongoing commitment to disrupting drug trafficking networks and bringing those involved to justice,” Mawere stated.

She assured the nation that the swift actions of the DEC officers demonstrated their dedication to maintaining law and order and preventing Zambia from becoming a conduit or haven for illicit activities.

Mawere indicated that DEC was determined to rigorously enforce the law and ensure that those who attempt to exploit Zambia’s geographical position for drug trafficking purposes face the full force of the legal system.

“The public is encouraged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to drug trafficking to the authorities,” she appealed.

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