Police in Mulanje have arrested a man for allegedly being found in possession of 85 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa popularly known as chamba.
Mulanje Police Station spokesperson Gresham Ngwira said John Namowa, 36, from Namani Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in Mulanje, was arrested during a sweeping exercise.
He said police officers from Muloza Police Post received a tip claiming that Namowa was keeping chamba at his house.
“When the officers went there, they found 17 plastic bags of cannabis sativa, each weighing about five kilogrammes. Namowa was arrested immediately and the product has since been taken to Bvumbwe Research Station for examination,” said Ngwira.
He said once investigations are over, the accused person will appear before court to answer a charge of being found in possession of Indian hemp, contrary to Section 4A as read with Regulation 19 Sub-section 1 and 2 of the Dangerous Drugs Act.
In April this year, police in Mulanje also arrested two brothers, Wyson Simeon, 58, and Sankhani Simeon, 53, accusing them of cultivating Chamba in a fence behind their houses.
Just recently, Dowa Magistrate’s Court sentenced two men to 20 and 30 months imprisonment, respectively after finding them guilty of possessing Chamba. n