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By Staff Writer
Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has seized suspected base metals with traces of gold, palladium, nickel, manganese and precious stones weighing about 1.5 kilograms at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe international airport in Ndola.

ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda says the base metals are valued over K150, 000.

Speaking in Ndola today, Mr Sikalinda said the consignment was intercepted when ZRA customs officers working with other security wings at the airport identified suspicious objects upon scanning the luggage of the passenger.

He said the consignment was intercepted on a foreign national on transit out of the country.

Mr Sikalinda said that it was discovered that the consignment was concealed in the suitcase as medicine, tea-bags and a comb.

“Investigations have revealed that the arrested individual is the mastermind of the particular syndicate as it was further discovered that he also had some other precious stones in his custody,” he said.