The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) says it arrested 206 juveniles between January and July 2009 in connection with drug trafficking in the country.
Commission spokesperson John Nyawali told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that the juveniles arrested are aged between 11 and 17 years old.
Mr. Nyawali said there has been a sharp increase in the number of juveniles arrested for drug trafficking compared to last year which saw a total number of 107 juveniles arrested.
He revealed that the Copperbelt and Lusaka provinces recorded the highest number of juveniles that were arrested in connection with drug related cases.
Court proceedings in the matter have since commenced.
Meanwhile Mr. Nyawali said the arrest of juveniles is a source of concern to the commission because drug trafficking is counter productive.
He said it is sad to note that the young are indulging in activities that will not help them get a good future.
He said the fight against drug trafficking should not be left to the commission alone because everyone is a stakeholder in this fight.
Mr. Nyawali appealed to civic leaders and parents to come on board in finding a solution to the problem.