The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested the persons behind the trafficking of unaccompanied compressed Cannabis weighing 22 kilogrammes which was seized at the Lusaka International Airport and Livingstone Postal Services.

DEC Public Relations and Press Liaison Officer Rosten Chulu who confirmed the development in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today said the persons behind the trafficking of the Cannabis were arrested in Livingstone on December 19 and 21, 2007 respectively.

Mr. Chulu named the suspects as Phillis Sibande Mapingire 24 and Lynnatte Makai 24 both of Zimbabwe.

He said the two were arrested with another consignment of compressed Cannabis which was concealed in 10 giraffe artifacts and 10 hut shaped artifacts with 160 packets of compressed Cannabis inside the curios weighing 40kg.

Mr. Chulu further disclosed that the total number of compressed Cannabis seized from the same suspects was brought to 284 bundles weighing 62 kilogrammes.

He said the arrested persons will appear in court soon adding that the Commission would remain committed to ensuring that Zambia is not used either as a transit point or exporter of illegal drugs by its citizens or foreign nationals.

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