By Lloyd Himaambo-A 41-year old Zambian is still detained in India over drug trafficking.
The Drug Enforcement Commission of Zambia (DEC) has confirmed that Gideon Mwale, a Mechanical Technician, was arrested at C.S.I. Airport in Mumbai on 26th August 2009 for trafficking in 400 grams of Heroin concealed in the cavity of his trolley bag.
DEC spokesperson John Nyawali said in press statement that Mwale, a holder of an old Zambian passport number ZM056020 while proceeding to board Ethiopian Airlines flight number ET 611 for Lusaka via Addis Ababa, was intercepted by officers of the Air Intelligence Unit.
He said Mwale is currently detained by Indian authorities and has since admitted knowledge, possession, carriage, and concealment of the narcotic drugs.
According to Nyawali, Mwale becomes the first Zambian male in over 15 years arrested in India for drug trafficking, as the rest have been females.
He said Zambians should know that drug trafficking is a risky undertaking which in some countries attracts stiff penalties such as death and life imprisonment.
He also said those arrested are tarnishing the image of Zambia abroad and making it difficult for other innocent Zambians to have smooth entries in some countries.
Meanwhile, the Drug Enforcement Commission has in the last three days arrested 39 people country wide for trafficking in 20 kilograms of cannabis.
Among those arrested is David Kunda, 29, a resident of Mpika in Northern Province who was arrested in Kabwe for trafficking in 52 bundles of Mirra.
He said the Commission is grateful to the public for its support in the fight against drugs and money laundering.
“Further, we would like to thank the media in general for being instrumental in informing the nation about the true extent of drug trafficking, drug abuse and money laundering in the country,” he said.
He urged progressive citizens to continue giving DEC information so that with their support, DEC will rid Zambia of illicit drugs and create a drug free future for the young people.