DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo
DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has in the first quarter of 2017 arrested a total of 1,431 persons for drug related offences in Zambia.

In a statement made available to the media today, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo said a year-on-year quarterly analysis shows that the total arrests increased by 6.87 per cent from 1,339 in the first quarter of 2016 to 1,431 in the first quarter of 2017.

She further noted that out of the total number of persons arrested 30 were foreign nationals while 1,401 were Zambians and out of the total number of persons arrested 95 were female comprising 6.6 per cent of the total arrests while 1,336, were male composing 93.4 per cent.

Katongo added that 206 juveniles were arrested for illicit drug offences countrywide, representing 4.75 per cent of the total arrests

For more information, here is the entire statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT

Lusaka, Friday 5th May 2017-The Drug Enforcement Commission in the first quarter of 2017 arrested a total of 1,431 persons for drug related offences countrywide.

A year-on-year quarterly analysis shows that the total arrests increased by 6.87 per cent from 1,339 in the first quarter of 2016 to 1,431 in the first quarter of 2017. Further, of the total number of persons arrested 30 were foreign nationals while 1,401 were Zambians.

Out of the total number of persons arrested 95 were female comprising 6.6 per cent of the total arrests while 1,336, were male composing 93.4 per cent. Further, 206 juveniles were arrested for illicit drug offences countrywide, representing 4.75 per cent of the total arrests.

On the other hand, foreign nationals constituted 2.1 per cent of the total arrested in the first quarter of 2017.

Of the 1, 431 persons arrested, 148 persons have been convicted for various drug related offences while the rest of the cases are still pending in the courts of law.

During the period under review, the Commission seized 30 tonnes of cannabis plants, herb and seeds. Other drugs seized include cocaine, heroin, diazepam, ephedrine, lidocaine, morphine and diphenhydramine.

Luapula Province recorded the largest quantity of cannabis plants seized totalling 8.2 tonnes followed by Southern Province with 4.6 tonnes, North Western Province recorded 4.2 tonnes and the least was Eastern Province with 52kg. However, Eastern Province recorded the largest quantity of cannabis herb seized totalling 2 tonnes and thus accounting for 38.9 per cent share of the total cannabis herb seized countrywide during the first quarter of 2017.

Counterfeit Notes

A review of statistics involving cases of counterfeit currency indicate that ZMW55, 600.00 was seized in the first quarter of 2017 compared to a total of ZMW35, 298.00 seized in the first quarter of 2016, representing a percentage increase of 57.52 per cent while a total of US$130,100.00 United States Dollar counterfeit notes was seized in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the US$52,001.00 United States Dollar seized in the first quarter of 2016, representing a percentage increase of 150.19 per cent.

Drug Demand Reduction

The Commission through various public awareness activities on the dangers of drug trafficking and abuse in the various institutions of learning, communities and workplaces carried out a total of six hundred and sixty six (666) awareness activities during the first quarter of 2017 representing a 30.84 per cent increase from the 509 awareness activities in the first quarter of 2016.

The commission through its Education and Counselling Department sensitised one hundred and eighteen thousand seven hundred and fifty five (118,755) persons countrywide during the first quarter of 2017.

In its counselling and rehabilitation programme, the Department attended to one hundred and sixty one (161) clients of which nine (9) were female and the rest one hundred and fifty two (152) were male. The age range of the clients was from 13 to 48 years with their common drugs of abuse being cannabis, alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, and heroin.

Money Laundering

The Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit (AMLIU) of the DEC in the first quarter of 2017 received a total of one hundred and eighteen (118) reports of suspected money laundering activities signifying a 257.58 percentage increase compared to the first quarter of 2016 which recorded a total of 33 reports.

During the period under review, the Unit arrested a total of 46 persons for various money laundering cases compared to a total of 10 persons arrested in the first quarter of 2016, representing a percentage increase of 360 per cent.

The Unit, however, recorded a 28.57 per cent quarterly decrease in the number of convictions secured from seven (07) recorded in the first quarter of 2016 to five (05) in the first quarter of 2017.

In its on-going sensitisation programme to raise awareness on money laundering activities, the Unit reached out to four hundred and thirty eight (438) people from various sectors of society.

Conclusion

The Commission would like to thank its cooperating partners, other law enforcement agencies, members of the public and the media for the support given during the period under review and hope that such trust and collaboration shown will continue in the coming months.

Theresa Katongo

Public Relations Officer

Drug Enforcement Commission

[Read 75 times, 1 reads today]
Loading...

10 COMMENTS

  1. All marijuan cases should have been part of those numbers, legalize it to get some revenue out of it.
    Real cases are HH type of cases, these are cases we should be reeading about.
    Keep HH locked regardless of all tricks his lawyers are using – we are all equal before the law and let justice reign.

    0

    0

Comments are closed.