The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested eight people in separate incidences in Lusaka for trafficking in different quantities of cocaine including young musicians.
DEC Public Relations Manager John Nyawali said three teenage musicians including a 16 year old girl where arrested in Lusaka’s Chawama Township for trafficking in eight sachets of cocaine.
In a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr. Nyawali said the young musicians were arrested together with three other people who include a music producer and a Taxi driver.
He disclosed that the six were arrested from an identified Music studio in Chawama’s Kuomboka area after officers conducted a search in the studio where the cocaine was found.
In another development DEC has arrested a Nigerian drug kingpin who had been eluding the Commission for a longtime at Pick and Pay Shopping Complex in Lusaka’s Woodlands area.
DEC Public Relations Manager John Nyawali said Emmanuel Okechukwu, a businessman, was arrested together with Fabian Uzoeye another Nigerian national after a long trail.
Mr. Nyawali explained that Mr. Okechukwu was found with sachets of cocaine hidden in his socks while Mr. Uzoeye hid the cocaine in his car.
He said all the suspects are detained in Police custody and will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, DEC has also announced that 50 people were arrested countrywide in the last seven days for trafficking in different quantities of cannabis with a total weight of 1 tone.
Mr. Nyawali noted that among those arrested are two business persons of Kanyama Township in Lusaka who were found with over 200 kilograms of cannabis concealed among bags containing caterpillars.
He said the duo that was coming from Mpika to Lusaka was arrested in Kabwe at a Police check point.
The Commission has warned members of the public particularly young people to be wary of the places they patronize during this festive season as this is the time drug traffickers intensify their activities to create market for themselves.
Monday, December 13, 2010, 19:53