The Drug Enforcement Commission in Lusaka has arrested two individuals for trafficking in over six hundred (600) kilograms of cannabis, contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Edward Phiri, 32, a farmer of Kabanana compound has been arrested and jointly charged with Meckson Zulu, 23, a bricklayer of the same compound for trafficking in eleven (11) by ninety Kg bags and twenty-two (22) pre-packed plastic bags of loose cannabis weighing a total of 659.818 Kgs.
The duo was intercepted in a major operation conducted by the Commission in Kabanana compound over the weekend and are currently in Police custody.
Meanwhile, the Commission in Nakonde district has arrested three people for cultivation of over one (1) tonne of cannabis.
The suspects are identified as Webby Munkondya, 24, a small-scale farmer of Dambo village in Mafinga District charged with cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 750 Kgs and Aaron Kaumba, 25, a small-scale farmer of Katawela village in Mafinga District jointly charged with his father, Riffle Kaumba, 54, also a small-scale farmer of the same village for cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 282 Kgs.
The trio has since appeared for plea at the Isoka Magistrate Court.
Drug Enforcement Commission Deputy Public Relations Officer Kamufisa Manchishi confirmed to 5fm news.