Police in Malawi’s southern district of Balaka are keeping in custody three people for allegedly being found in possession of Cannabis Sativa commonly known as Indian hemp without licence.
Balaka police spokesperson Joseph Sauka told Nyasa Times that the suspects Harry Banda 34, George Chapotela 26 and Mavuto Phiri 20 were arrested Friday afternoon at Chingeni Roadblock by the Officers who were on duty.
Sauka says Traffic Police Officers were on Traffic checks when they received a tip that these three suspects were trafficking Cannabis Sativa from Kasungu to Blantyre on Ampex Deluxe Coach registration number MN 3.
“The officers went to the road block where they alerted their friends, and when the coach arrived; they managed to recover five big expand suitcases containing the said hemp and arrested the three who were also identified by the conductress as the owners of the bags,” says Sauka.
He says coach was heading Blantyre from Mzuzu via Kasungu – Lilongwe and the suspects were taken from Kasungu buses deport.
“The three are in Police custody and are expected to appear before court soon where they will answer a case of being found in Possession of Cannabis Sativa without licence contrary to regulation 19(1) as read with section 4(a) of Dangerous Drug Act,” says Sauka.
Harry Banda comes from Mwadenje Village, Traditional Authority Chimutu in Lilongwe district and George Chapotela comes from Chimasula village, Traditional Authority Njolomole in Ntcheu district while Mavuto Phiri comes from Juma village, Traditional Authority Wimbe in Kasungu district but they all run their trade at Namiyangu location in Blantyre city.
In a related development, Sauka says last week Police at the same road block recovered a television screen, car radio, and other items which were stolen from Balaka Township and also recovered a laptop computer.