3 nabbed in record cocaine bust

THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested two Zambians and a Tanzanian for allegedly trafficking in 24.1kgs of cocaine.
This is the highest seizure of cocaine recorded in Zambia.
DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo said in a statement yesterday that Sydney Mwansa, 32,  an assistant manager of Taqua Bus Services of Tanzania, Teddy Matanda, 35, a taxi driver of Lusaka’s Matero township and Likuta Shaibu Abilahi, 42, a Tanzanian of Mbagala in Dar es Salaam have been arrested for allegedly trafficking in cocaine.
“The three suspects were arrested in three different locations, Intercity Bus Terminus, Matero in Lusaka and Chirundu, with the help of the Zambia Police Service,” she said.
Ms Katongo also said the DEC has seized a Toyota Corolla and a VW Golf from the suspects.
Other items that were seized include a pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition and a cellular phone.
Ms Katongo said the suspects are in police custody and they will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, Ms Katongo said over 30 people have been arrested for unlawful cultivation of and trafficking in cannabis weighing over 1 tonne.
She said those arrested and jointly charged include Dariano Siyame, 43, a peasant farmer of Mkushi, and Maybin Chibuye, 30, a charcoal producer of Mkushi.
Ms Katongo said the two were arrested for alleged unlawful cultivation of marijuana weighing 475.5kgs and trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 12.59kgs.
In Luapula, the DEC has arrested Joseph Mwenda, 41, a peasant farmer of Mwanamwende village in Mansa district, for alleged unlawful cultivation of marijuana weighing 295.67kgs.
Ms Katongo also said Joseph Mwewa, 45, a peasant farmer of Chama village in Mansa, has also been arrested for alleged unlawful cultivation of marijuana weighing 197.85kgs.
Others arrested include Joseph Ndopu, 32, a peasant farmer of Lwanja area in Sesheke, for allegedly unlawful cultivation of marijuana weighing 75kgs and Jonas Maimbo, 38, a peasant farmer of Namwala for alleged unlawful cultivation of the plant weighing 50.5kgs.

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