Police impound US$221 000 mbanje in Chipinge

Fungayi Munyoro
CHIPINGE – A Mozambican national and his accomplice have been hauled before Chipinge magistrate for smuggling mbanje weighing 221kg and a street value of US$221 000.
Johane Sithole (31) of Bofe village Macuu Chimoio Mozambique and Gift Mutekesa (46) of Number 6825 Cowdrey Park Bulawayo appeared before Chipinge Magistrate Elizabeth Hanzu for unlawful possession of dangerous drugs.
They are in custody and will be back in court on August 11.
For the State, Edmore Mahlanganise said on July 24 at 7pm, Police got information that Sithole and Mutekesa were transporting dagga using an Isuzu motor vehicle Reg number AEC 0451 from Mozambican to Checheche.
A road block was mounted along Checheche Hakwata dusty road near Rimai Business Centre.
Upon seeing the Police, the driver made a U-turn and sped off towards Hakwata. Police gave chase and managed to intercept the vehicle which was being driven by Mutekesa near Rimai Business Centre.
The vehicle was searched and six by 90kg sacks of dagga were recovered.

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