POLICE in Solwezi have arrested two women who were in possession of counterfeit notes amounting to K95,750.
North-Western Province Commissioner of Police Lackson Sakala confirmed the arrest of the duo and identified them as Alice Chasaya, 43, of Kamwala South and Fridah Lutato, 42, of Lima township in Lusaka.
He said the two were picked at Zambezi bus station after a tip off from members of the public.
‘’Yes, I can confirm that two women were yesterday picked by our officers at Zambezi bus station for being in possession of counterfeit Zambian notes,” Mr Sakala said.
He explained that the duo were rounded up by police on Friday around 21 hours when they were trying to transact.
“After my officers were tipped off, they started making follow-ups until the culprits were rounded up around 21 hours,” he said.
He said the suspects were in police custody. They were charged with an offence of being in possession of counterfeit notes and will appear in court soon. And in a related development, Mr Sakala said police in Mwinilunga district intercepted two trucks laden with 600 by 25 kilogramme bags of mealie-meal which were about to be smuggled into Angola.
Mr Sakala said the two trucks were intercepted in Mwinilunga town on Friday with 400 and 200 by 25 kilograms bags of mealie meal respectively.
‘’I can also confirm that we intercepted two trucks laden with mealie-meal which was believed to be destined for the Angolan market,” he said.
Mr Sakala said the owners of the commodity were claiming that it was meant to be sold within Mwinilunga town and not for smuggling.
He also said no arrest have been made so far, but that the two drivers of the trucks and the owners were helping the police with investigations to establish where the commodity was meant to be sold.