The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a 101 year old peasant farmer of Mazabuka for unlawful cultivation of cannabis.
Timothy Chilekwa of Namembo villageÂ in Mazabuka was arrested for unlawful cultivation of cannabisÂ weighing 1.2 tonnes and two sacks weighing 6.95kg
In a press statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today , DEC public relations and press liaison officer Rosten Chulu disclosed that the Commission in Western province has also arrested three peasant farmers for unlawful cultivation of cannabis.
These were Paul Lubwala, 32 of Lungano village in Katandano area for cultivating cannabis weighing 78kg, Kelvin Chinyama, 32 of Mushona area for trafficking in compressed cannabis weighing 41kg.
And in Luapula John Chansa was arrested for trafficking in 250g of cannabis and John
Chishimba, 53 of Kamwanja village for trafficking in 0.5g of cannabis, Peter Kapasa,`37 of Mululu village for trafficking in 57 balls of cannabis and a house wifeÂ Eliya Mulenga of the same village for trafficking in 50g of cannabis.
Meanwhile,Â the DEC in Chipata has arrested a peasant farmer Sophie Banda, 52 of
Kamwala coumpound in Chadiza district for trafficking in cannabis weighing 12.614kg.
The Commission has also arrested Frederick Nyambe of NorthmeadÂ in Lusaka for trafficking in two sachets of crack cocaine.
Ms Chulu said all the suspects will appear in court soon.
And Mr Chulu disclosed thatÂ a Mr Jonathan Tembo of Matero in Lusaka was imprisoned
to four years imprisonmentÂ with hard labour for trafficking in 75.2kg of cannabis.
The sentenced was meted out by the magistrate court in Kapiri Mposhi.
And inÂ Mumbwa,Â Simon Nkhuwa has been sentenced to Six months imprisonmentÂ with
hard labour by magistrate Walusika for tafficking in 10.4kg of cannabis.
And on another count, the accused has been fined K200,000 or in default two months
imprisonment for unlawful cultivation of 1.2 tonnes of cannabis.
Mr Chulu has since warned peasant farmers to desist from engaging in unlawful cultivation and trafficking in psychotropic substances.