336 bottles of beryline with codeine seizured  

 336 bottles of beryline with codeine seizured   

By Staff Writer
The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in collaboration with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) have seized a consignment of Benylin with Codeine syrup at Victoria Falls Border in Livingstone.

The consignment was discovered during a search conducted on a Shalom Truck which was coming from South Africa.

This is contained in a joint statement issued by the DEC Head of Public Relations

Mathias Kamanga and ZRA Corporate and Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda.

The statement stated that the truck was being driven by Mate Mbomena37 and James Phiri 48, of Chawama Township in Lusaka.

Seven boxes containing 336 bottles of Benylin with codeine were discovered and seized together with the truck on which the drugs were being transported.

The two drivers have since been charged and arrested for the offence of drug trafficking contrary to section 15 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, and illegal importation of narcotics contrary to section 16 of the Laws of Zambia.

As the public may be aware, the abuse of the said drug has been on the increase in many parts of the country and is contributing to the moral decay of people especially the youth.

You may recall that barely a month ago, we announced the seizure of more than 10,400 bottles from the same border point. We therefore wish to advise all those that are engaging in similar offences to refrain from the vice or risk prosecution.

The Independent Observer


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