Over 2,500 people arrested countrywide for drug and money laundering offences in the last six months.

The Drug Enforcement Commission DEC has arrested 2,510 people countrywide in the first half of the year for various drug and money laundering offences.
DEC Public Relations Officer, Theresa Katonga has confirmed this to Breeze News in a press statement.
Ms. Katongo says that as at the end of June 2015, the Drug Enforcement Commission had arrested 2,470 and convicted 949 people for various drug offences.
The Commission had also arrested 40 and convicted 12 people for money laundering offences involving 4.7 million Kwacha and about 623,000 United States dollars.
Out of the 2,470 arrested for drug offences, 2,288 were male and 282 were female while 104 were juveniles aged between 11 to 17 years old.
And out of 2,470 arrested, 99 were foreign nationals.
Ms. Katongo says that Chinese nationals represented the largest number of foreign nationals arrested for drug offences with 32 arrested followed by Malawian nationals with 27.
She says that more people were arrested for drug offences in Lusaka Province compared to other provinces in the country.
Lusaka Province recorded 496 arrests, followed by the Copperbelt Province with 430 and Luapula Province with 306. Muchinga Province had the least arrests with 109 people.
The Commission so far, has 1,425 drug and 88 money laundering cases pending in the courts of law.
Meanwhile Ms. Katongo says that the commission seized 97.8 tonnes of cannabis seeds and plants countrywide from January to June this year.
The commission also seized over 237 kilograms of Miraa, 562 grams of cocaine and 548 grams of heroin.

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