A police officer identified as 22-year-old Ester Norman working for B-Division under the police mobile unit is appearing before the Blantyre Magistrate Court answering the charge of being found in possession of dangerous drugs.
Norman, together with her co-accused identified as Patrick Moyo, have since been granted bail by Senior Residence Magistrate Chikondi Mandala and will both be reporting to Southern Region Police every Friday.
Southern Region Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed about Norman’s arrest and the court case by saying she was arrested on Monday after being found in possession of assorted medical items at Zalewa during a traffic check.
“Constable Ester Norman was arrested on Monday as she was coming from Blantyre heading towards Zalewa. The vehicle she was driving was stopped by traffic patrol officers who were on duty and upon a thorough search in the vehicle, the medical items were found and she was arrested immediately.
“She has since pleaded not guilty to the charge of being found in possession of dangerous drugs as such it is not known where she got the drugs from and where she was heading to with them. Her case has been adjourned to January 14 2016 while she and her co-accused are on bail,” said Kadadzera.
Kadadzera said the officer’s arrest should send a message to the public that when traffic patrol officers are on the road, they are serious with their duties and apart from checking about the details of the vehicle (road-worthiness among others), they are also interested with what the vehicles carry on the roads.
According to information sourced by The Nation, among others, Norman was found in possession of 10 bottles of Gentamicin injection used to treat serious infections that are caused by bacteria such as meningitis; 25 packets of Lidocaine which is used for local or regional anesthesia to perform certain surgeries, childbirths or dental works; eight tubes of Sulfadiazine cream which is used to prevent and treat wound infections in patients with second and third degree burns.