DEC nabs a man possessing K4, 000 counterfeit notes.


The Drug Enforcement Commission DEC, has arrested a man in Eastern Province for being in possession of Four thousand Kwacha, K4, 000 counterfeit notes.

Facts of the matter  are that  Hedges Katongo, male aged 43 of Kaloko Compound has been charged with being in possession of counterfeit notes amounting to   K4000 in K100 bills .

Katongo was arrested in Mshawa Village in Chipangali District.

“The Commission wishes to strongly reiterate its caution to members of the Public to familiarize themselves with the features of the Zambian Kwacha and look out for unscrupulous individuals behind a spate of counterfeit notes.

“We as the Commission will not relent in its mandate to ensure that individuals behind such illicit activities are brought to book,’’ reads the statement signed by DEC Public Relation’s officer Mathias Kamanga in Lusaka today.

Mr Kamanga reveals in the same statement that the suspect has since been released on police bond and will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, the Commission in Western Province has also arrested Chipanga Mapeki, male aged 25 of Kaoma District for trafficking in 30.4 Kilograms dry loose cannabis and cultivating 10.3 Kilograms of fresh cannabis plants.

Facts are that Mr Mapeki the suspect was arrested on 8th April, 2021 in Ngenge, Kaoma Distric of Western Province.

“Further the Commission in Copperbelt Province also arrested Stephen Sinkama aged 28 of Chiwempala Compound in Chingola  for trafficking in 23.8 Kilograms of cannabis concealed in a blue plastic bag and  he was arrested at Willies shopping complex in Chililabombwe on the 6th April 2021,”  Mr Kamanga said.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident the Drug Enforcement Commission also arrested three, 3 people in Central Province for being in possession of explosives on public transport.

Mr Kamanga  said that the suspects since  have been charged with possession of offensive weapons and materials contrary to section 85 (1) of the penal code act chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia and illegal purchase and transportation of explosives contrary to section 601 of the explosives act chapter 115 of the laws of Zambia.

He said the suspects have been identified as Deophilly Kasonde, male aged 46 years a Miner from Luanshya, Edward Finch, male aged 54 a Business man from Chingola and Eden Mpundu, male aged 25 a Miner Engineer from Chambeshi.

Mr Kamanga stated that the suspects were apprehended at Kapiri Mposhi checkpoint where they were found with 2 x 50 bags of Ammonium Nitrates, 2 x 250 meters of cables and 500 Riogel Sausage Explosives and the suspects will appear in court soon.