Police at Zalewa road block in Neno on Friday impounded a truck carrying 52 bags of Indian hemp each weighing 50 kilogrammes.
The truck, registration NB 4047, was also carrying fertiliser raw materials for Optichem Malawi Limited. It was in transit to Blantyre from Lilongwe, according to police.
Southern Region Police spokesperson Beatrice Mikuwa said the driver of the truck, identified as Yasin Ambali, 44, and his assistant, Moses Brighton, 24, were arrested and had caution statements recorded at Southern Region Police Headquarters in Blantyre.
She said the Indian hemp will be taken to Bvumbwe Research Station in Thyolo for testing.
Mikuwa said police intensified the search at the road block after receiving a tip-off from the public.
She said: “Let me take this opportunity to thank the public for their continued support because without them we could not have gotten hold of these suspects.”
Ambali comes from Chiwambo Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Maganga in Salima while Brighton is from Nankumba Village, T/A Santhe in Kasungu.
Mikuwa said the two will appear in court soon to answer charges of being found in possession of Indian hemp. n