The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has in the last three days arrested over 35 people country wide for unlawful cultivation and trafficking in various quantities of cannabis.
DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo said in a statement released to ZANIS that those arrested and jointly charged are Astend Simfukwe 39, a businessman of Matero compound in Lusaka and Abraham Phiri 43, a peasant farmer of Neva village in Nyimba District for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 137.9 kg.
Ms Katongo said the duo was apprehended from Kavuma area in Nyimba including John Phir, a peasant farmer of Neva village in Nyimba for trafficking in 21.2kg loose cannabis.
Meanwhile, Ms Katongo said the Commission in North Western Province has arrested Kennedy Kalemba, 42, a peasant farmer of Tunga area in Mufumbwe District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 73 kg.
She added that in Luapula Province, the Commission arrested Elias Mwape 59, a peasant farmer of Posa village in Kaputa District for trafficking in 6.350 kg of loose cannabis , Layson Mpundu, 34, a fisherman of Kasongole village in Chiyengi Distrct for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 3.064kg and James Chola 43, also of Kasongole village for trafficking in 6.4 kg of cannabis seeds and 841 of loose cannabis.
Ms Katongo further said that others arrested and jointly charged are Moses Silumbwe 44, a peasant farmer of Kabuta village in Mpulungu District and his wife Rhosia Nakazwe for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 5.5kg.
Ms Katongo said all suspects will appear in court soon.