Police in Blantyre city have arrested two Zimbabweans and a Malawian Taxi driver for being found with Indian hemp locally known as Chamba.
The two Zimbabweans, 27 year-old Tatenda Makhoki and 36 year-old Khamisa Trust and the Malawian driver Anusa Daudi, 27, were arrested on Sunday at around 8pm.
Confirming to Malawi24, Blantyre police assistant spokesperson Andrew Mayawo said the law enforcers received a tip from a well-wisher.
“Actually we received a phone call from a resident at Lunzu that Nissan March car was hired to transport cannabis sativa from Lunzu to Bangwe Township and our officers at Magalasi roadblock were alert,” said Mayawo.
Mayawo added that the police found a 90 kilogram bag of Chamba wrapped in a black plastic after searching a car with registration number BS 5790.
“We have also arrested the driver as part of investigations, though he claims that he didn’t know that he was carrying the hemp,” added Mayawo.
The hemp has been sent to Bvumbwe research station as part of police investigation to file a case for the three suspects.
Daudi comes from Nazombe village, Traditional Authority (TA) Kapeni in Blantyre.
In another development, Police have arrested Petulo Chikopa, 38, for conducting a series of robberies at Chilomoni Township in the city.
Confirming to Malawi24, Mayawo said people have been reporting about theft of different items from cars at Fargo area in Chilomoni.
“When the police launched investigations they found Chikopa with car batteries, view mirrors lens and many others and he failed to tell the officers where he got these things” said Mayawo.
Chikopa hails from Topani village, TA Nkhumba in Phalombe district and he is yet to appear in court.