As one way of cramping down the illegal dealings in cannabis satuva, Malawian Police in Kasungu have arrested two women for being found in possession of Indian Hemp, News Watch Reviews has reported.
Kasungu Police publist Edna Mzingwitsa told this publication that the two are identified as Gertrude Mwale, 31 and Monica Longwe, 34 and were arrested on Fiday September 23, 2016 at Chisazima Roadblock at around 1600hrs.
“On the material day and time, the two suspects had boarded a lorry which had bags of maize and other goods. The 15 bags which had Indian Hemp were mixed with unprocessed rice and dried pieces of cassava. It is alleged that, the two suspects were coming from Nkhata Bay heading to Balaka with the seized bags”, said Edna.
The two were nabbed upon reaching Chisazima Roadblock in the district where police officers on duty discovered the bags in question.
The two have been charged with the offence of being Found in Possession of Indian Hemp without a licence. The bags in question will be taken to Chitedze Research Station for analysis before the two are taken to court.
Getrude Mwale comes from Chinseu village under Traditional Authority Mnyanja in Kasungu district while Monica Longwe hails from Kasenza village in the area of Traditional Authority Khonsolo in Mzimba district.
In a related development, Police in Kasungu have burnt 3 tonnes of Indian Hemp which was confiscated from various convicts. Some of the convicts paid fines while those who failed to pay the fines are serving their custodial sentences at Matchaya Prison.
Present during the destruction process were members from the Judiciary, Health, district Commissioner and other stakeholders in the district.