Asians gangs targeted in drug-peddling: Malawi police crackown

Malawi Police is following leads of  Asians who are actively supporting the drug market in huge police operation to deal with an ‘epidemic’ of  drug and substance trade across the country, Nyasa Times understands.

Lilongwe becomes cocaine trafficking centre and some Asian are involved

Since the arrest of Nigerian  Alex Ojukwu nicknamed ‘Old man’ which  led the detectives to other multiple drug lords who were picked for questioning, Police are tracking down on some Asians who have been “big customers” of the drugs and others involved  in cocaine and heroin trade.

“There are some Asians who are perpetuating the drugs culture and we will go after them,” said an undercover top detective.

The foreigners arrested have implicated some Asians in the drug crime. Their names were being verified before Nyasa Times publishes them.

The detectives say they will use the information gathered in their investigations linking drug dealers with suppliers wherever they are in the country.

Drug lords arrested so far have confirmed the Asian link.

The crackdown comes at the back of local communities in the Atea 47 in Lilongwe warned that a growing syndicate in illegal and dangerous drugs will kill and destroy the future of vulnerable Malawian youth.

This comes as Hanif Randera family in Lilongwe agonised over the death of their son Riyagh, 26, in Brazil a few days ago, who reportedly made the trip without the knowledge of his parents , swallowed cocaine-filled conforms to evade detection of the drugs on security checkpoints.

However, some of the swallowed condoms in him bursts .

Nigerian Ojukwu confessed to have bought the young Malawian an airy ticket to Brazil as his drug courier.

Police have launched a drive to eliminate drug dealing by foreign nationals – mostly Nigerians –  following reports that Malawian youth are being used by drug lords as peddlers of high-value illicit drugs.

Deprivation, peer pressure and lack of job opportunities are cited among factors contributing to the youth involvement in peddling and substance and drug abuse.

A police top detective warned drug dealers that officers were “coming after them”

“We will continue with this, and my message to those supplying these substances  is- we are coming after you. I urge members of the public to contact the police if they are aware of such activity so that we can work with them in an effort to target these dealers,” said the detective who asked not to be named.

Meanwhile, an appeal has been sounded for government and its partners to expedite the passing of laws to regulate drug use and trafficking before more youth are exploited and abused.

Youth should, instead, be given education and employment opportunities to realise their full; productive potential as human capital.

And law enforcers  should examine drug crime within the Asian communities.

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Sam Banda
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This is false and a big lie. Do you think Asians will get involved in dangerous drugs like cocaine and heroin? No, this is being done by Malawian drug lords operating in cooperation with Nigerians and South Africans.

Jassey
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I do not believe anything from the police. They know very well where these people are and they want to be asking the public to report when they are able to transfer one of their own to Nathenje? big joke. Most of the Law enforcement officers have sold our country just for two tambala, they are a big waste of time. They go all over the place collecting money at the expense of country, cheap!!!

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
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The exercise will yield desired results if the Military Police and the Department of Immigration are involved. Lilongwe needs special sweeping exercise. Its baffling how foreigners find their niche in Malawi and engage in drug dealing. Since A/Supt S. Raphael, who was second in command of the Drugs and Section in the Malawi Police, was posted or transferred to Nathenje following unconfirmed reports that some in the MPS were shielding hard core drug dealers from Nigeria in Lilongwe, the exercise should bear fruits. In any case, Raphael’s posting or transfer will be meaningless assuming that the drug dealing continues to… Read more »
Hora
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True,these policemen are also assisting in this trade big time,try pip(have a close look at our airports) the telltale signs are there,you don’t have to be a genius to see the police roll in this drug trade they are deeply involved. I wonder if our police have a police unit to police their colleagues. In other countries that is in place.

URIM AND THUMIM
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FOREIGNERS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF MOTHER MALAWI !! WHY ??? STINKING POVERTY !! AND ONE MINISTER WAS BUSY REFUTING UN REPORTS THAT PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING /NOT HAPPY IN MOTHER MALAWI !! WHY ?? SO LONG HIS BELLY IS FULL WITH SAUSAGES AND CHAMBO WHILE POOR PERSONS CANNOT EVEN AFFORD TO BUY BONYA AND A BAR OF MALUWA SOAP FOR THE FAMILY !! GOD IS WATCHING !!
tuntufye
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airy ticket mpaka? very entertaining

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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We know how the Malawi police works, especially the DPP one. They go to Asians with smiles, tell them that they have a serious case to answer, the Asian pays them and that’s the end. When such a serious syndicate unfolds, that is pay time for Malawi police.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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Just to prove your point, not even one of the the so called implicated Asians will be arrested or incarcerated. 12=months from now the police will still be briefing the nation on investigations. There’s going to media conference at Capital Hotel and another one at Mount Soche in May 2019 on the ongoing investigations at a very sensitive stage.

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