Two Malawi Defence Force (MDF) private soldiers are in Nkhotakota Police custody after eing arrested for allegedly being found in possession of Indian Hemp locally known as Chamba without license.
Nkhotakota Police Spokesperson Williams Kaponda said the arrest occurred on Saturday. He identified the soldiers as Grey Chimbulumata, 26, from Parachute Battalion and Mike Jusab, 25, from Mafco Barracks.
“The hemp traffickers came at Kaombe Police Roadblock with an intention to find a lift to Salima. While there, police got suspicious of their movements which prompted the police to search in their travelling bags.
“Following the search, it was discovered that their travelling bags contained the illicit drug and police instantly arrested the two,” he said.
Chimbulumata, 26, hails from Mponela village, T/A Kamwana in Dowa while Mike Jusab, 25, hails from Jemusani Village, T/A Kapeni in Blantyre.
Women with Chamba nabbed
In a related development, police in Nkhotakota have arrested three women for the same offence.
Kaponda said the three who were travelling from Dwangwa to Ntcheu got arrested on Friday, at Kaombe Police Roadblock after a massive search in the motor vehicle they were traveling in.
He said the three who boarded a Toyota Passo registration number IT 2400 driven by Emmanuel Chiwaya had several travelling bags which contained the illicit drug totaling to 32 kilograms.
“When the motor vehicle stopped at the roadblock for a search, it later transpired that the travelling bags contained Indian hemp.
“Chiwaya who was in transit from Tanzania to Blantyre told the police that the travelling bags belonged to the three women who boarded his motor vehicle at Dwangwa. The three women failed to produce a licence and the police immediately arrested them,” Kaponda said.
The suspects include Milliam Chafera, 30, Cecelia Nkolimbo 20 and Maria Winstone, 22, all from Mphandazaola Village, T/A Makwangwala in Ntcheu.
The police have charged the five suspects with possession of Cannabis Sativa without license.-ManaFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :