Four small scale farmers of Muchinga Province have been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission for unlawful cultivation and trafficking in cannabis weighing over 13 tons in an operation conducted in the province.
Those arrested include Mulambisha Nyimbili, 35, a small scale farmer of Kaisolele village in Mafinga district who has been arrested for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 8.4 tons in the first count while in the second count he is jointly charged with Bulena Nyimbili, 18, and Misheck Kaira, 19, of the same abode for trafficking in 54.8 kilograms of loose cannabis.
Others arrested include Yakobi Nyimbili, 26, a small scale farmer for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 4.8 tons, Obvious Nyimbili, 32, for trafficking in 50 kilograms of loose cannabis, and Beauty Nakanyika, 45, for trafficking in 53.3 of loose cannabis.
The suspects are now in Police custody and are set to appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, the commission in Choma has destroyed dry loose cannabis, cannabis plants and seeds weighing close to 400 kilograms, which were seized and later forfeited to the state after disposal of court cases in line with provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Chapter 26of the Laws of Zambia.
The exercise was witnessed by Choma Magistrate officials, dispelling misconceptions on what happens to drugs seized by the Commission.