DEC spokesperon John Nyawali comfimed that Patel was arrested together with Duwa Banda, a Pharmacy Technologist working for I.T.R Pharmaceuticals.
Others arrested in connection with the contraband is a Managing Director of a clearing agency, Flobo Tradeconsult Limited, Weihelm Schulzs and Samson Nyirenda, a Lusaka businessman.
The Ephedrine which was imported from Thailand using a fake importation license was intercepted from the Lusaka International Airport in collaboration with Zambia Revenue Authority.
Ephedrine is a highly controlled precursor chemical which in some cases has been used to illegally manufacture stimulant drugs whose abuse has become extensive in the world
Meanwhile the Commission has arrested a housewife of Chaisa compound in Lusaka for trafficking in 106 bundles of mirra.
Fatima Abdi, a Somali national was arrested together with Gray Simuwelu at a check point in Kabangwe area.
All the suspects are detained in Police custody and, according to Nyawali, will appear in court soon.