The growing number of youths taking illegal liquor sachets around Nkhotakota has forced the police in the district to respond to public out-cry to confiscate thousands of heaps of such sachets and close some shops.
The police have also arrested eight people for illegally operating the shops that were selling the illicit sachets.
Just like in other districts, the number of young boys and girls taking sachets in Nkhotakota and its surrounding areas has become a serious issue following the rampant shops selling the sachets.
This week Nkhotakota Police, led by its Crime Station Officer Senior Superintendent Mwiza Nyoni, embarked on an operation aimed at confiscating all liquor-sachets which were being sold illegally and arrested eight suspects for operating liquor-shops without licenses.
The exercise was conducted at Nkhotakota Boma and old market, Kalimanjira and Mkaika Trading Centres, among other areas.
The operation followed a series of meetings the police has been holding with people who are complaining about the trend of shops owners who are selling the sachets to youthful school going children.
Some people are operating such shops near school premises a development that enhances the increase of sachets intake by students who end up dropping from school.
According to Nyoni the exercise will continue until change is achieved in the district which has seen the number of teenagers indulging in crime increase sharply over the few months.
Nyoni said out of the eight suspects, one is a woman while the rest are men including a Burundian national.