The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in North-western province has arrested a couple for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing
over 700 kgs.
DEC Assistant Public Relations Officer Chibu Mwansa said Kalombo Muchinyi, 23, a Bricklayer
of Chiyeke area in Chavuma district, has been arrested and jointly charged with his wife of the same abode for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 725kgs.
Ms. Mwansa confirmed the arrest in a statement to the Zambia News and Information Services in Lusaka today.
Meanwhile, Ms. Mwansa said at the weekend, the commission arrested more than 50 people countrywide for unlawful cultivation and trafficking in various quantities of cannabis.
She said among those arrested and jointly charged include, John Sawendele, 62, of Chiyeke area in Chavuma district, who is jointly charged with Hintu Maseka, 29, a peasant farmer
and Collins Sawendele,19, all of the same area for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 11.5kgs.
She further said DEC also arrested Emmanuel Kapanda, 35 of Manyinga area in Kabompo district for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 4 kgs and Kennedy Sambaulu, 25, of
Muselepete area in Kasempa district for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 3.5 kgs.
Ms Mwansa said others arrested Tarick Kasanga, 20, a student at a named institute for
trafficking in 26.4kgs of loose cannabis, Edith Kapasa, 51, a businesswoman for trafficking in 11.5kgs of loose cannabis and Grey Munsene, 64, a peasant farmer for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 3.4kgs.
She said these were arrested in Namwala district in Southern province.
And in Luapula province, commission has arrested Godfrey Mpundu, 46, a peasant farmer of Munduli village in Samfya district for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 13.7kgs.
She said all the suspects will appear in court soon.