60-year-old man nabbed over drug possession

Mulanje: Police in Mulanje are keeping in custody a 60-year-old man, David Mandala, for possessing over 30 different types of medical drugs and medical equipment without permission.

Mulanje Police Public Relations Officer, Gresham Ngwira said the police received a tip from well-wishers that Mandala was keeping and offering on sale assorted medical drugs at his grocery shop at Mpata Trading Centre.

Subsequently, police detectives on Monday went to the suspect’s shop where they found various medical drugs on display for sale in the shop.

Police arrested Mandala after failing to produce relevant documents for the possession of drugs. They also seized the drugs whose value is yet to be established, Ngwira said.

According to the police publicist, the seized drugs include seven blisters of LA, 50 capsules of indocid, 15 tubes of tetracycline and 1000 tablets of cotrimoxazole.

The medical equipment seized includes 120 Depo syringes, 25 capillary tubes and one zinc plaster, among others.

The police would like to commend well-wishers in the district for the tip-off that led to the arrest of the medical drug dealer, Ngwira said, appealing for continued support which will help curb crime.

Mandala hails from Njema Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mabuka.

In a similar development, Police in the district have arrested a man identified as Harwork John Kamwana for allegedly being found with offensive weapons.

The district police’s PRO told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that during the morning hours of Tuesday, officers from Muloza Police Unit arrested the suspect on his way from Muloza Border to Mulanje Boma.

As the officers were searching the minibus, they came across the man and found two sharp crowbars and screw drivers among other sharp objects, Ngwira said.

Ngwira added: The suspect told the officers that he and his accomplices went to Mozambique to steal using the weapons, a mission he said flopped along the way.

Kamwana has since been charged with the offence of person found with weapons which is contrary to Section 313 of the penal code.

Meanwhile, police are encouraging all passengers to tip officers including those manning roadblocks about any suspicious items in motor vehicles in which they are traveling.

Kamwana comes from Ngoni Village in Traditional Authority Govati in Mwanza.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA