Police in the lake shore district of Nkhotakota have impounded 29 bags of cannabis sativa locally known as chamba that they found in an abandoned motor vehicle.
Nkhotakota police spokesperson William Kaponda confirmed this, saying: “The motor vehicle, a Toyota Carina-was abandoned on the night of March 11 2015 after the driver unexpectedly noted a snap roadblock erected by police. The driver dumped the car and disappeared, leaving the engine still running.”
Kaponda said after searching the vehicle, they found a driver’s licence as well as the bags of cannabis. The owner of the vehicle is yet to be identified.
Said Kaponda: “We encourage the public to refrain from drug-peddling to create a crime free Malawi since illicit drugs fuel criminal activities, especially among the youth.”
The spokesperson then appealed to the general public for information related to the abandoned motor vehicle and its contents since investigations are still in progress.
According to Kaponda, Nkhotakota ranks top on cannabis sativa related cases. In 2014, Nkhotakota police arrested 41 people for illegal possession of Indian hemp out of whom 28 were convicted. n