The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested a former ZANACO Lundazi branch female employee for money laundering involving over K500,000.

DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo disclosed in a statement, Tuesday, that the former employee identified as Phanny Chaponda, 34, was arrested for theft by public servant and money laundering.

“Particulars of the offence are that Phanny Chaponda on dates unknown but between 1st May, 2017 and 31st December, 2018 in her capacity as an Assistant Preferred Banker at Zanaco Lundazi Branch did steal K573, 910.50 which she fraudulently transferred from various dormant accounts into two accounts she had access to and later withdrew the funds via Automated Teller and Point of Sale Machines. The suspect further bought two plots in Lundazi and built two houses on one of them. She also purchased a motor vehicle, a Toyota Allion ARB 3604 ZM and a 49 Inch LG LED TV. Also seized during investigations are several accounts with about K170, 000.00 linked to this fraud. The suspect has since been released on police bond and will appear in court soon,” Katongo stated.

Meanwhile, the commission has arrested a 28-year-old Malawian national in Southern Province for trafficking in 17.85 kg of ephedrine which she concealed in 36 hand bags.

“The Commission in Southern Province has arrested a 28 year old female Malawian national, Shakira Kasusu, for trafficking in 17.85 kg of ephedrine concealed in 36 handbags. The suspect was arrested at the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone upon arrival from India. The suspect is in police custody and will appear in court soon,” stated Katongo.