BY BRIGHT CHIKELE.
The Drug Enforcement Commission in Lusaka has arrested a Business Woman of Makeni area for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing over one (01) tonne.
Christine Moyo, 45, a Business Woman of Makeni Villa in Lusaka District has been arrested for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 1.281 tonnes.
The suspect was apprehended from her home in Makeni area where she has been storing the said drugs.
Moyo has been on the DEC watch list for some time and is suspected to be one of the major suppliers of cannabis in Chibolya Compound of Lusaka District.
Meanwhile, the Commission over the weekend arrested nineteen (19) small-scale farmers countrywide for unlawful cultivation of over two tonnes of fresh cannabis plants.
Those arrested include Justin Katongo Shula, 35, of Shiwalala village in Chinsali District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 580kg; John Bowa, 36, of Matete village in Milenge District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 468.3kg, and Paul Bwalya, 25, of Mutete village in Milenge District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 407.9kg.
Also arrested is Emmies Chilambe, 25, of Petelo village in Milenge District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 316.5kg.
In Western Province, the Commission has arrested Martin Miliko Sitali, 49, of Mazaba area in Sesheke District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 320kg.
All suspects will appear in court soon.
And the Commission through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit has arrested a 31-year-old banker of Lusaka for money laundering involving over K210,000.
Trevor Chimunthu, 31, a banker of 13 Tiyi Street, Libala in Lusaka District has been arrested and charged with theft by servant, Unauthorized Interference with data and money laundering contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that Chimunthu as an employee of a named bank on dates unknown but between 1st October, 2013 and 30th November, 2015 jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did steal money amounting to K217,181.49 property of the bank.
It is further alleged that Chimunthu on dates unknown but between 1st September, 2013 and 22nd December, 2015 did interfere with data on bank’s system and withdrew money from customers’ accounts fraudulently.
During investigations, a motor vehicle and a desktop computer were seized from the suspect as property believed to be proceeds of crime.