Malawi Revenue Authority intercepts drug trafficker at Chileka

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) on Wednesday intercepted and seized two bags of suspected prohibited drugs believed to have been imported from India.

MRA official seizing the drug

MRA official seizing the drug

Seized drug at Chileka

Seized drug at Chileka

According to MRA,tThe drugs were seized at Chileka Airport passengers’ terminal by Customs officers during passenger clearance.

The drugs, weighing 22kgs, were concealed inside eleven soft wood boards which had imprint of snakes and ladder game on the top, according to MRA Deputy Director Corporate Affairs, Steven Kapoloma.

“MRA officers working at Chileka Airport, upon doing passenger clearance, they discovered two bags that the owner cleared as snakes and ladders games.

“The officers became suspicious because the game boards were heavier than normal, so they the demanded that the games boards be opened but the owner refused to open the boards until MRA officer forcefully opened the tables and discovered that the game boards contained some prohibited drugs,” said Kapoloma.

The bags were imported from India into the country by Mr. Lazarus Zungawho, who is believed to be a South African as he possesses a South African passport.

According to him, importation of drugs in Malawi is a serious offence and prohibited under Section 21 of the Customs and Excise Act.

“The suspect told our officers that he was on transit to South Africa, but thought of visiting relations here in Malawi before proceeding to South Africa. The drugs were destined for South Africa,” explained Kapoloma.

The drugs and the suspect have been handed over to Chileka Police station.

“Each game had a packet; so we have seized 11 packets of prohibited drugs. We cannot tell the type of drugs, but we will hand over these drugs to police so that they can ascertain as to what exactly these drugs are,” said Kapoloma.

He also said the law enforcers will proceed with process of prosecuting the South African national as the tax collecting does not have the mandated of drag law offenders to court.

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20 thoughts on “Malawi Revenue Authority intercepts drug trafficker at Chileka”

  1. pina says:

    Malawi should have border securities. But that will happen in 145 generations to come…

  2. Zanga Phee! says:

    This is what we are expecting from our MRA not troubling your fellow Malawians with DVDs players from South Africa to say pay VAT for what?please focus on such cases then Malawi can be at a later state see my name.

  3. Malipeya says:

    I HOPE THE JUDICIARY WILL EMULATE INDONESIA WHERE SUCH CASES DEMAND SERIOUS PUNISHMENT.

  4. Chimani. Game says:

    Mar if you did not know the drug how then did you come to a conclusion that it is prohibited?becareful when you go to court,mukapusako

  5. Mang'anja says:

    Well done mra enantu ntchito mumaifuna koma ena akanaombela manja kuti buredi has come

  6. zilipati? says:

    Mwina ndi a malungo! Kkkkkk

  7. One question is that where is that aeroplane before it landed at chileka?

  8. Gabriel Msukwa says:

    Isa, Koma galu ameneyu eti? Wabweretsa maybe drug ache Uko, amvekere ndikawapengetse a Malawi, mukanyangeni basi, nice job, bravo

  9. alukosyo says:

    Anyongedwe anzathu kunjaku amatero. Hang hang. hang him

  10. Mphongo Zidana says:

    MRA, you have done a great job. Continue working with the police to make our country safe. As a country we have been labelled as the poorest. So let us at least be labelled as the safest.

  11. good for tightening security

  12. Ine ndinanfusa mPakistan kuti bwanji amakonda kudutsira ku MW akamapita ku RSA? akuti MW tulo ukhoza kuwapatsa packet ya peanuts they let you go
    Ine shaaaa!

  13. NDIMADABWA says:

    WELL DONE, SOMESAN KANYANGA AMENEYO, AWONE ABALE AKE KUT? AKAGWIRITSA TCHITO DIRECT ROUTE TO RSA TO DROP HIS DRUGS THEN KUBWERA KUNO KUZAWONA ABALE AKEWO, Muziyimanso Mma RoadblockMu Alimowa Samayang’ana Bwinobwino Mma Bus, They Jst Receive K500, And Let It Go

  14. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Akunama ameneyo, amadzapanga ma delivery mwa Mtopwa ndi Zingwagwa.
    Komanso amadzatenga cha KK, chomene anthu ambiri a chikonda.

  15. felix Ntope says:

    Ask kambewa,Moyo and Nkhunda kuti zikwama anathawitsa zija munali chani..

    1. Kaliwo Madzi says:

      Iweyo #Ntope anthuwa ukungowatchulira kuwakhumba kapena uli ndi umboni?

  16. Patriot says:

    We need snifer dogs in our border post.
    We will arrest more of these evil criminals.
    I think gouvernment should ask europeans or americans to provide us with such dogs.

    1. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

      There would not be the appetizing food to feed the dogs, and have them thrive.
      Agalu amenewa samadya nsima! Not as simple as it sounds: serous need for research first.

  17. mzimwale says:

    ah mwandikumbuts snakes and ladders. A polisi chonde mundigaileko board imodzi.

  18. Yanuyanu says:

    Kamoto is a bully. Bullying both taxpayers and staff of MRA.thats why you are failing to collect. Ukhalira section 21 yomweyo!!!

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