Two men who are brothers are currently in police custody for cultivating cannabis sativa (Chamba) in Mulanje district.
The two Wyson Simeon, 58, and Sankhani Simeon, 53, both of Mwanero village, T/A Nkanda in the district were arrested on Monday.
Mulanje police Public Relations Officer, Gresham Ngwira said the two planted the said crop in a fence behind their houses.
“After receiving a tip from well-wishers, officers from Chambe police unit visited the two places where they indeed found the product,” said Ngwira.
Wilson was found with 65 plants while Sankhani was found with 117 plants. The plants have been sent to Vumbwe Research Station for examination.
The Simeon brothers will arraign on offence of “Cultivating Cannabis Sativa contrary to Section 6 of Dangerous Drugs Act.
“We thank the general public for their support and we encourage them to continue so that together we combat crime,” added Ngwira.
Cultivation or selling of Chamba is prohibited by law; however government is currently conducting trials on industrial hemp, which if it’s successful, it will help boost the economy.