The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) says it has arrested 11 people during the Christmas weekend for cultivating and trafficking in different quantities of cannabis weighing over eight tonnes.
DEC public relations manger says among those arrested is Boniface Tabama of Mung’ambwa village in chief Matako’s Sichili area in Sesheke district for cultivating over 8.7 tonnes of cannabis.
Mr. Tabama, 31, was arrested on Christmas day with the help of local leadership when officers conducted an operation in the area and was found to have cultivated the psychotropic substance together with five other villagers who bolted and are currently on the run.
This is one of the largest single seizures of cannabis recorded this year, according to Nyawali.
Others arrested in different parts of the country were 10 people for trafficking in different quantities of cannabis weighing 57 kilogram
Nyawali says his Commission is saddened that some peasant farmers have been contracted to cultivate cannabis which is being earmarked for export to some identified neighboring and European countries.
Plans are underway to incorporate agricultural extension officers in the fight against the cultivation of cannabis through identification of ideal cash crops and enhanced sensitization.