BY SYLVESTER KAUMBA
The Drug Enforcement Commission in Muchinga and North-Western Provinces has arrested three small-scale farmers for unlawful cultivation of cannabis plants weighing over 450 kilograms, contrary to the laws of Zambia.
The three suspects are identified as Paul Mwila, 43, a small-scale farmer of Mwaba Wankulungwe village in Shiwang’andu District, charged with unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 350 kilograms, Gideon Robert Ndandamina, 45, a small-scale farmer of Ndandamina Village in Solwezi District, jointly charged with Lemon Robert Ndandamina, 45, of the same abode for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 159 kilograms intercropped with maize plants.
DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo says the Commission in Muchinga Province has also arrested Christopher Simukoko, 41, a businessman of Ntindi village in Nakonde District, jointly charged with Mary
Nalumbwe, 35, of the same abode for trafficking in 10.6 kilograms of Miraa.
All suspects are in Police custody and are expected to appear in court soon.