DEC nabs Malawians found exchanging cannabis for goats

'Malawian gold'

'Malawian gold'

The Drug Enforcement Commission in Eastern Province has arrested three Malawian nationals who were found exchanging cannabis for livestock from the Zambian villages.
DEC public relations officer John Nyawali confirmed that the came from Kasungu district in Malawi, about six hundred kilometers from Mwami border.
He said they were arrested in Kapasa area in Chipata district when they were found exchanging cannabis for goats and chickens with the local villagers.
The trio had over 78 kilograms of high potent cannabis called “Malawian gold”.
He said a Toyota Hilux motor vehicle and some livestock have since been seized from the suspects who are currently remanded at Namuseche state prison in Chipata awaiting court proceedings to commence soon.
Meanwhile, Nyawali says the DE3C has arrested a chief retainer for chief Shakumbila of Lumano village in Mumbwa district for trafficking in over 25 kilograms of cannabis seed.
Stando Londe, 44, who was preparing the seeds for planting was also found with 1190 balls of cannabis.
The Commission is considering holding consultative talks with agricultural authorities to help find alternative cash crops in areas where cannabis is widely grown as it would reduce its cultivation and trafficking.
However, we would like to appeal to farmers to direct their energy in the forth coming farming season to the cultivation of high value food crops in order to enhance their food security and standard of living.

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