A Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier Akex Kanjanga has been arrested by police for allegedly being found in possession of 16 plastic bags of Indian Hemp.
Kanjanga, who is based at Engineering Battalion in Kasungu, was arrested at Thavite Trading Centre in Salima at the weekend where police officers mounted a roadblock along the lakeshore road.
Central Region police spokesman Nolliettie Chihana Chimala confirmed the arrest.
“In the course of searching passengers’ bags, police found 16 plastic bags and one plastic bag of Indian hemp seeds in the suspect’s travel bag. He was arrested immediately,” Chimala said.
The police spokeswoam said a smaple of the Indian hemp will be sent to Chitedze Research Station for examination and analysis.
Kanjanga, 23, will appear in court soon to answer the charge of being foudnin possession of Indian hemp without a licence, according to police.
The solider comes from Msongola Village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in Ntcheu District.
Police also arrested Laurent Medson Tambala, 30, for being found with 11 platsic bags of Indian hemp.
Tambala comes from Kapangalika Village, T/A Khongoniu in Lilongwe District.