Police in Nkhotakota have arrested a Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier for allegedly being found with unlicensed Indian hemp, a second incident in two years as in December 2014 two MDF soldiers were apprehended and fined for the same offence.
The soldier identified as Andrew Matochi (34) of Kamuzu Barracks was arrested at Kaombe roadblock on Monday October 19, this year.
According to Nkhotakota police drug officer Nichorus Benedicto, at the time the soldier was travelling from Dwangwa heading to Lilongwe on Dihatsu Mira salon registration number IT 6496.
“When the officers manning Kaombe roadblock conducted a search on the motor vehicle, two MDF travelling bags were discovered containing the illicit drug.
“The police instantly arrested their fellow security officer and charged him with an offence of being found in possession of cannabis sativa without license which is contrary to section 4 (a) of Dangerous Drug Regulation and 19 (1) of the Dangerous Drug Act,” said Benedicto.
The suspect Andrew Matochi (34) hails from Tito village in the area of senior chief Kanyenda in Nkhotakota and is expected to appear before First Grade Magistrate Court soon.
In December 2014 two MDF soldiers were arrested at the same police checkpoint with a similar offence.
The convicts are Grey Chimbulumata 26 from and Mike Jusab 25 from Parachute battalion.
When the two reached Kaombe roadblock they asked the police to find them a lift to Salima.
While there, police got suspicious of their movements which prompted the search in their travelling bags.
Following the search, it was discovered that each MDF travelling bag contained the illicit drug and police instantly arrested the two.
Nkhotakota FGM court convicted and fine them to pay a fine of K40, 000 each or serve two years in default.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :