In an effort to tighten security in the district, Police in Balaka district east of Malawi are keeping in custody 28 people after they were arrested on various offences in a sweeping exercise.
Balaka Police Station Operations Officer, Superintendent Gideon Chisale, says 21 of the suspects were arrested for being found loitering within Balaka town, two for exceeding business hours while five of the suspects were arrested after they were found in possession of cannabis sativa commonly known as Indian hemp.
“The officers erected an abrupt road block just within Balaka town and started searching the vehicles; and in the process, they impounded two motor vehicles a Toyota Noah registration number NU 5035 and a Toyota Corolla registration number KA 4516 both containing approximately 1400 kilograms of cannabis sativa.”
Chisale identified the drug traffickers as Boniface Brasho 33 and Gift Banda 37 from Nkhotakota district, George Biliwita 22 and a lady Memory Banda from Ntcheu district, while Mayeso Misomali 30 comes from Mulanje district
“The suspects were driving from Nkhotakota heading Zomba. They have been charged with an offence of being found in possession of cannabis sativa,” said Chisale.
Superintendent Chisale also said the 21 suspects who were found loitering in town have been charged with the offence of rogue and vagabond while the other two suspects have been charged with the offence of exceeding business hour as their Bottle Stores were found operational until 03:00 hours which is against their licence.
All the suspects are expected to appear before court soon where they are expected to answer their respective charges.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :