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    Gweru Police intercepts South Africa-bound drugs


    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU – Two Gweru residents, one from Mkoba and the other from Windsor Park have been arrested after each received parcels containing ephedrine, an addictive and dangerous drug that had been sent to them by post from India.
    Police suspects that the drug was destined for the South Africa market.
    The arrested suspects are believed to be couriers for a Zimbabwean drug dealer who is based in South Africa and the two are among many suspects believed to be used by the dealer to receive the drugs from India and then take them  across the border by road.
    Viola Mbele (44) and Gino Tonderai Chaka who are not related or known to each other have since appeared at Gweru Magistrate Courts charged for contravening Section 3(1) of the Medicines and Allied Substances Control (general) Regulations Statutory Instrument 56/2008 as read with Section 38 of the Medicine and Allied Substance Control Act chapter 15;02 importing suspected ephedrine without a permit from the authority.
    They appeared in court on August 23 before Magistrate Vimbai Makora. They were ordered to pay $300 bail. Peter Marimo prosecuted.
    The State has established that the parcels came from the same address in India which is Plot 12 Sector Proviso Hill India. They were however, sent by different exporters namely Chada Kharghar and Mathew David.
    Ephedrine is banned in Zimbabwe under the Medicine Control Authority of Zimbabwe. The drug is used for people to get high. In other countries it is not banned only on limited curative used for patients with low blood pressure, short breath and chest pains.
    It is the State case that on March 14, 2018 information was received from CID Drugs Harare to the effect that there were three parcels from India destined for Zimpost Office Gweru which were suspected to contain the ephedrine drug.
    Acting on the information, detectives from CID Gweru proceeded to Zimpost Office Gweru where they inquired on the suspected parcel.
    CID Officers were shown a parcel addressed to Mbele and on examining the parcel, it was established that there were ten pieces of wrapped parcels, wrapped in Indian fabric.
    On April 2, 2018 two similar parcels addressed to Chaka were received and again Detectives investigated.
    CID officers trapped and arrested the two accused persons when they were called to collect their parcels at the Post Office.
    It was discovered that the three parcels had sachets containing whitish granules suspected to be ephedrine.
    The drugs were weighed, Mbele's parcel weight was 3, 23kgs and Chaka's parcel was 5.48 kilograms.
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