The Drug Enforcement Commission DEC in Eastern Province has arrested and jointly charged five people for trafficking in over 2.5 tonnes of loose cannabis.
Christopher Sichone, 31, a businessman of John Laing in Lusaka District has been arrested and jointly charged with Elias Banda, 39, a small-scale farmer of Mukwanta village in Lundazi District and Dingiswayo Mwale, 42, a driver of Roman Catholic Compound in Lundazi District.
Others are Hermit Chungu, 68, a small-scale farmer of Zgobela village in Lundazi District and his wife Daphless Tembo, 52, a small-scale farmer.
The couple is suspected to have harboured the contraband awaiting transportation to Lusaka Province.
And in Central Province, the Commission has arrested Jonathan Kabaso, 34, a small-scale farmer of Chipuluka village in Luano District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 453 kilogrammes.
This is contained in a statement by DEC. All suspects will appear in court soon.