Drug ring busted, 85kg mbanje seized

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Nqo­bile Tshili

PO­LICE in Bulawayo have busted three sus­pected drug deal­ers, one of them a wo­man, and re­cov­ered 85kg of mbanje with a street value of about $86 000.

De­tec­tives ar­rested Si­man­geni Ndlovu (34), the lady, Farai Aruchu­peta (39) from Pu­mula South and Shep­herd Ed­son Town (37) of Em­gan­wini for ped­dling the dan­ger­ous drug.

Fol­low­ing up on a lead in a case of theft from ve­hi­cles, po­lice found the sus­pects smok­ing mbanje. They im­pli­cated Ndlovu as the source of the drug.

Sus­tained in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing and in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sulted in the ar­rest of all three sus­pected drug deal­ers. The last sus­pect was ar­rested on Wed­nes­day night. Act­ing Bulawayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube said the trio was ar­rested sep­a­rately at their homes.

“When Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions (CID) de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing theft from ve­hi­cles got to a gam­bling school they ar­rested two peo­ple they found smok­ing weed. The two im­pli­cated Ndlovu,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

“The po­lice went to Ndlovu’s house, searched it and found 16 twists of weed.”

He said Ndlovu told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Aruchu­peta was her sup­plier, re­sult­ing in po­lice search­ing his home.

“When they got to his house they found a 61-yearold man who al­lowed them to search the house. After search­ing the house they found three-and-a-half 50kgs of weed re­sult­ing in the ar­rest of Farai,” he said.

Asst Insp Ncube said Aruchu­peta fur­ther in­crim­i­nated Town.

“He told the po­lice that Shep­herd was his sup­plier and he was also ar­rested and in to­tal po­lice re­cov­ered 85,5kgs of weed with a street value of $85 800,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

The act­ing spokesper­son said the sus­pects would ap­pear in court soon.

He urged mem­bers of the pub­lic not to use drugs as they con­trib­ute to row­di­ness and hooli­gan­ism.

Asst Insp Ncube said po­lice are out in full force to en­sure that mem­bers of the pub­lic abide by the law say­ing they will rid so­ci­ety of all crim­i­nal el­e­ments.

Drug abuse has been blamed for vi­o­lence and crime while in some cases it has been known to cause men­tal ill­ness. — @nqot­shili

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