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DEC nabs Lusaka woman for drug trafficking

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Eastern Province has arrested a woman for trafficking in over 1.4 tonnes of loose cannabis.

Helen Chirwa, 30, a marketeer of Lusaka’s Chawama compound, was arrested for trafficking in eighteen by ninety kilogram (18x90Kgs) sacks of suspected loose cannabis weighing 1.44 tonnes.

DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo said the suspect is currently in police custody and will appear in court soon.

She said this in a press release made available to the Lusaka Star recently.

Meanwhile, the commission, through its Anti-money Laundering Investigations Unit, has arrested Emma Esnart Mwanza, 44, a business woman of Plot No. 289/28 off Lusaka Livingstone highland for theft and money laundering, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that the suspect, being a business woman and director of Elohim Church Association, on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2017 and 1st January, 2018, whilst acting together with other persons unknown did steal K 852, 891.22 from a named bank.

This was after the Elohim Church Association Bank account was credited with money from various foreign master cards and VISA cards, funds which were immediately withdrawn from the account leading to the bank losing a total amount of K852, 891.22 through charge backs received from foreign banks owing to the fraudulent transaction on the account.

One motor vehicle has been seized from the accused, who is currently on police bond.


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