Zimbabwe cannabis growers go underground amid police blitz

More than 2,000 Zimbabweans have been arrested since the start of the year on drug-related charges

While Zimbabwe is looking to capitalise on the lucrative cannabis industry, the average Zimbabwean is forced to cultivate the plant illegally because permits allowing them to do so cost $46,000 (R830,000)…

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Zimbabwe: Police Arrest 520 Drug Peddlers in Five Days

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has arrested more than 500 people for drugs and illicit substance related charges in the last five days, taking the total number of culprits apprehended to 2 175.

Police last week launched a blitz to curb the peddling of drugs and illicit substances in the country.

In a statement, ZRP revealed that 520 people were arrested in the past week.

“On February 14, 2023, police arrested 23 people across the country on operation, ‘No to dangerous drugs and illicit substances’, bringing cumulative arrests to 2 175,” the ZRP statement read.

In recent updates by the ZRP, the uniformed forces revealed that 13 suspects were arrested in Mbare on Thursday for consuming drugs and others for selling dangerous products without licenses.

“Police in Mbare, Harare arrested thirteen suspects for being found in possession of skin lightening and other various substances without licences while others were smoking dagga. Police seized a load of the recovered drugs,” said ZRP.

ZRP intensified the fight against drug and substance abuse nationwide with the authorities conducting raids, stop and searches blitz and awareness campaigns.

They also urged the public to report anyone abusing drugs or offering drugs at any nearest Police Station.

In Masvingo, ZRP Commissioner David Mahoya revealed that some drugs and dangerous substances are being brought into their Province from neighbouring South Africa.


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