By HOPE BWALYA –
NINETY people have been arrested countrywide for possessing counterfeit Zambian and United States (US) Dollar notes and drug trafficking, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has said.
In a statement yesterday, DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo said all the suspects were expected to appear in court soon.
Ms Katongo said the institution arrested Davy Sikaonga, a business executive, 41, of Luangwa Township in Kitwe and jointly charged him with Bernard Sinyenga a driver, 43, of house number 28/67 John Laing in Lusaka for trafficking in cannabis weighing 860.2 kilogrammes(kgs).
Ms Katongo said the commission also arrested Kalala Lukwema, 39, a small-scale farmer of Kambono farm in Kapiri Mposhi for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 32kgs.
“We have arrested 90 people countrywide for various offences contrary to the Laws of Zambia,” she said.
She said in Eastern Province, the commission arrested Paul Kazunga, 47, a small-scale farmer of Katopola Sido area in Chipata District for being in possession of US$1,300 counterfeit notes in 100 dollar bills.
The commission also arrested and jointly charged Eden Siame, 33, a small-scale farmer of Meanwood area and Zacks Mwandila, 41, a small-scale farmer of Chipazi Township in Eastern Province for being in possession of K14,700 counterfeit notes in K100 bills.
Ms Katongo said in Lusaka Province, the commission arrested Lorraine Tepa, 34, of house number 12340 Chalala for trafficking in 12 sachets of cocaine.
“The commission also arrested Kingsley Miyoba, 37, a businessman of Lusaka for being in possession of K2,600 counterfeit notes in K100 bills,” she said.
And on the Copperbelt Province, the commission arrested Darlington Chisamba, 27, for being in possession of Diphenhydramine, a drug with sedative properties belonging to a group of narcotics.