Lusaka Woman Attempts To Traffic 1,630kg of Cannabis


A Lusaka based woman has been caught trafficking 18 Ninety kilograms bags of loose cannabis but the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Eastern Province. 


18th July, 2018 -The Drug Enforcement Commission in Eastern Province has arrested one suspect for trafficking in over 1.4 tonnes of loose cannabis.

Helen Chirwa, 30, a marketeer of Lusaka’s Chawama compound has been arrested in Chipata District for trafficking in eighteen by ninety kilogramme (18x90Kgs) sacks of suspected loose cannabis weighing 1.44 tonnes.

The suspect is currently in Police custody and will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, the Commission through its Anti-money Laundering Investigations Unit has arrested Emma Esnart Mwanza, 44, a business woman of Plot No. 289/28 off Lusaka Livingstone highland for theft and money laundering, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that the suspect, being a business woman and director of Elohim Church Association, on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2017 and 1st January, 2018, whilst acting together with other persons unknown did steal K 852, 891.22 from a named bank.

This was after the Elohim Church Association bank account was credited with money from various foreign master cards and VISA cards, which funds were immediately withdrawn from the account leading to the bank losing a total amount of K852, 891.22 through charge backs received from foreign banks owing to the fraudulent transaction on the account.

One motor vehicle has been seized from the accused who is currently on Police bond. 

Theresa Katongo

 Public Relations Officer

 Drug Enforcement Commission


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