Two Zambian women arrested in Pakistan, SA for drug trafficking

Two Zambian women have been arrested in Pakistan and South Africa respectively for drug trafficking.

Christine Musonda Banda, 35, was arrested at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad after she was discovered to be carrying 860 grams of heroin concealed in her Pedi cure brushes.

Ms. Banda who is a resident of Libala stage one in Lusaka was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Force during the routine check in process for which she was scheduled to fly to Mozambique on Emirates Airlines.

She is detained at a named prison in Rawalpindi waiting for her case to be concluded.

Ms Banda is believed to have sourced the narcotics from tribal areas in Afghanistan.

And a 24 year old woman has also been arrested in South Africa for trafficking in 332 grams of heroin.

Catherine Mukala was arrested at Oliver Tambo International Airport on her arrival from Pakistan.

She had swallowed the heroin as a mode of concealment.

This brings the number of Zambian women arrested abroad for drug trafficking in the last two years to 47 for which four have since died in different Asian Prisons.

Commenting on the arrests, Zambia Drug Enforcement Commission spokesperson John Nyawali urged  Zambians to take advantage of this year’s commemoration of International Women’s Day to denounce the increasing cases of women drug traffickers and reflect on finding possible solutions to the growing problem.

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