• The contraband was discovered during a search of a Scania truck, which was heading from South Africa and driven by Chrispine Liwanga.
• The Commission in Livingstone intercepted a bus headed from South Africa.
• Upon searching the bus, discovered 5.5 kilogrammes of cannabis.
Drug Enforcement Commission has charged a 46 year old truck driver for Trafficking and Illegal Importation of 110 boxes containing 5,280 bottles of Benylin with Codeine cough syrup at Kazungula One Stop Border Post.
Commission Public Relations Officer Huseein Khan said the contraband was discovered during a search of a Scania truck, which was heading from South Africa and driven by Chrispine Liwanga.
Mr. Khan said this is contrary to sections 15 and 16 respectively, of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act No. 35 of 2021 of the Laws of Zambia.
“The truck and the illicit cargo have since been seized,” Mr. Khan revealed.
And Mr. Khan disclosed that the Commission in Livingstone has intercepted a bus headed from South Africa and upon searching it, discovered 5.5 kilograms of cannabis.
“A male suspect was subsequently picked who led officers to Lusaka where further investigations resulted in the apprehension of a female suspect in connection with the contraband. The suspects are identified as Isaac Hansafu aged 27 and Niza Malama aged 23.
“Further, John Mwale a traditional healer, aged 32 who was arrested for trafficking in 34 sachets of heroin weighing 2 grammes and 11.9 grammes of loose cannabis, appeared in Court and was sentenced upon conviction, to two years imprisonment on each count to run concurrently,” he stated.
Mr. Khan warned all individuals engaging in illicit drug trafficking to desist from such acts as they will be met with the full force of the law.
“The Commission is concerned with the recent surge in the trafficking of illicit drugs in the country and wishes to inform the public that our officers are working tirelessly to monitor identified trafficking routes, bus terminals and border points. We will continue being vigilant in our quest to identify and arrest individuals involved in the illicit drug trade,” Mr. Khan added.