Thursday, November 30, 2023

Zambian, Tanzanian arrested with hard drugs

Police have in custody two foreign nationals who were found in possession of both cocaine and ecstasy tablets, and are suspected of being hard drugs dealers.

Botswana is seeing an increasing of hard drugs that are channeled into the country through South Africa.

Detective superintendent Pelontke Morolong, of the Drugs and Narcotics Squad, said they are holding two foreign nationals who were arrested with hard drugs on separate occasions in and around Gaborone.

He explained that on the 21st of last December, a Zambian national, Jam Kachindundu Gwendwe, age 37, was arrested at Tlokweng border post after being found in possession of about forty-nine ecstasy tablets that were hidden inside the jacket he was wearing. Morolong said the suspect was in transit to his home country when he was arrested.

“The suspect claimed that the tablets were his medication for high blood pressure,” Morolong said, adding that the arrest came due to the vigilance of the police deplored at the border post.

He further said the suspect is charged with a single count of possession of drugs and will appeaser before the Gaborone Village magistrate court on the 20th of this month. In another incident, a 51-year-old Tanzanian, Charles Matola, who stays around Gaborone and is suspected to be a drug dealer, is also in custody after he was found in possession of cocaine. Morolong said the suspect was arrested after a tip off from the public and is scheduled for his second mention on the 18th of this month at the Gaborone Village magistrate court.

Morolong said that, as the police, they are worried about the influx of drugs that are entering this country, adding that most of the drugs that they have so far seized come from South Africa.


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