The Drug Enforcement Commission in North-Western Province has arrested two small-scale farmers for unlawful cultivation of cannabis plants weighing over 700 kilograms, contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Daniel Mwemba, 51, a small-scale farmer of Shafulundu area in Solwezi has been arrested for unlawful cultivation of cannabis plants weighing 295 kilograms in the first count while in the second count he has been jointly charged with David Lewila, 47, of the same abode for unlawful cultivation of cannabis weighing 408 kilograms concealed in maize and potato fields respectively.
Meanwhile, the commission in Luapula Province has arrested Bupe Ngandwe, 42, a small-scale farmer of Paison Village for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 410 kg.
Also arrested is Christopher Mwewa, 45, a small-scale farmer of Kolala Village in North-Western Province for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 115 kilograms intercropped with maize.
Drug Enforcement Commission Deputy Public Relations Officer Kamufisa Manchishi said all the suspects are in police custody and will appear in court soon.