The Drug Enforcement Commission(DEC) has arrested fifteen (15) people for various offences contrary to the laws of Zambia.

In a statement, DEC Public Relations Officer,  Theresa Katongo said  among those arrested in the countrywide operations, are Bowas Moomba, 33, of Mboloma village in Chongwe District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 3.5 tonnes.

Ms. Katongo said the Commission also arrested Sebinesi Malambo, 40, of Libambi farm in Chamuka District of Central Province for unlawful cultivation of cannabis plants weighing 640kg.

Others arrested include Mwape Chilembi, 30, a Businessman of Mboloma village in Chongwe for trafficking in forty-two (42) sachets of cocaine and Jonathan Phiri, 34, a businessman of Bulangililo Township in Kitwe District for trafficking in four (4) rocks and one (1) sachet of cocaine.

In other offences, the DEC in Lusaka arrested Mike Zulu, 39, a driver of Zingalume area for being in possession of K12, 000 counterfeit notes in K100 denominations.

“The Commission wishes to caution members of the public conducting regular cash transactions to familiarise themselves with the features of the various denominations of the Zambian Kwacha notes to avoid falling prey to unscrupulous individuals behind a spate of counterfeit notes,” she said.

Ms. Katongo said all the suspects are in Police custody and would appear in court soon.