FIVE small scale farmers of Matako Chiefdom in Mulobezi District in Southern province have been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) for unlawful cultivation of cannabis plants weighing over six tonnes.
The five arrested are Sibanda Ntunta aged 29 years, of Kamwatamwata Village who was arrested for cultivation of cannabis plants weighing 3.9 tonnes, and Kapupa Eric aged 37, also of Kamwatamwata Village for cultivation of cannabis plants weighing 600 Kilograms.
Others include Madao Janita, a female of unknown age in Kazuzi Village for cultivating cannabis plants weighing 600 kilograms, Kapupa Limbama, 41, also of Kazuzi Village, for cultivating 495 kilograms of cannabis plants, and Kapeto Ostern aged 36, a small scale farmer of Sibanze Village for cultivating cannabis plants weighing 790 kilograms.
The suspects appeared in court yesterday.
This was contained in a statement issued to Mwebantu by DEC public relations officer Kamufisa Manchishi.