SANITY is slowly returning to the notorious Chibolya compound following the concurrent arrests of drug traffickers in the area the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has said.
DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo said success had been scored in ensuring that calm was restored in the once ‘‘no-go’’ area for law enforcement agencies.
Ms. Katongo said the drugs that people are now being found with are minimal.
“We have continued with the operation in the area and the check-ups have been successful because the people are now trafficking in minimal quantities of drugs such as 1 kg,” she said.
Last year, a combined team of Zambia Police Service and the Zambia Intelligence service successfully raided Chibolya and arrested scores people for trafficking in various quantities of cannabis, cocaine and marijuana.
Some of the arrested people have since been tried in the courts of law and jailed accordingly in order to rid the compound of illicit drugs.
Meanwhile, the DEC has in the last three days arrested over 35 people countrywide for unlawful cultivation and trafficking in various quantities of cannabis.
Ms Katongo said those arrested and jointly charged are Astend Simfukwe, 39, a businessman of Matero compound in Lusaka and Abraham Phiri, 43, a peasant farmer of Neva village in Nyimba district for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 137.9 kg.
Ms Katongo said the duo was apprehended from Kavuma area in Nyimba including John Phiri, a peasant farmer also of Neva village in Nyimba for trafficking in 21.2kg loose cannabis.
And Ms Katongo said the commission in North-Western Province arrested Kennedy Kalemba, 42, a peasant farmer of Tunga area in Mufumbwe District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 73 kg.
She added that in Luapula Province, the commission arrested Elias Mwape, 59, a peasant farmer of Posa village in Kaputa district for trafficking in 6.350 kg of loose cannabis, Layson Mpundu, 34, a fisherman of Kasongole village in Chiyengi district was arrested for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 3.064kg and James Chola 43, also of Kasongole village for trafficking in 6.4 kg of cannabis seeds and 841 of loose cannabis.-ZANIS