The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Lusaka has arrested six people for possessing a total of K500, 000 fake bank notes.

In a statement, DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo said a Zambia army officer was found in possession of K400, 000, while five others were arrested for being found in possession of K100, 000 counterfeit notes.

“The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested a Zambia Army Officer for being in possession of K400 thousand counterfeit notes. Newton Sondashi, 42, a Staff Sergeant of Plot No. 2077/2078 Pamodzi Township in Ndola District has been arrested for being in possession of K400, 000 counterfeit notes in K100 bills. The suspect was arrested in Chawama Township as he was about to transact,” Katongo said.

“And in a related development, the Commission in Lusaka has arrested and jointly charged five people for being in possession of K100 thousand counterfeit notes. Among those arrested are Mulenga Simukoko, 42, of Chawama Compound, Davison Njobvu of House No. L33 St. Monica area in Chipata District and Alexander Lungu, 32, a Businessman of Kalongwezi area in Chipata District. Also arrested is Kamanga Banda, 58, of Plot No. 19/17 Chawama Compound in Lusaka and Alfred Mabeti, 38, a Businessman also of Chawama Compound for being in possession of K100,000 counterfeit notes.”

She said the Commission had also arrested major suppliers of heroin in Lusaka.

“Meanwhile, four (04) major suppliers of heroin in Lusaka’s Chaisa Compound have been arrested by the Commission for trafficking in heroin. Those arrested and jointly charged include James Banda, 23, Moses John Mwanza, 23, and his wife Estela Phiri, 25, for trafficking in 45 sachets of heroin. Also arrested separately, is Peter Mwanza alias ‘Junior Marcopolo’ for trafficking in 116 sachets of heroin. All suspects will appear in court soon.” said Katongo.