Grade six girl in court for drug trafficking

A 15- year–old  grade six girl and her 49-year-old aunt both of Chinsali have pleaded not guilty to trafficking in 507 grams of cannabis.

The duo appeared in the Chinsali Magistrates court yesterday.

Appearing before Magistrate Shadreck Chanda was a grade six juvenile aged 15 and Maggie Bwalya, 49, both of Chandamali village in Chinsali district.

The duo is alleged to have trafficked in psychotropic substances contrary to Section 6 of the narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances Chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.

It is alleged that on July 23 the duo, jointly and while acting together with other unknown people willfully and unlawfully did traffic cannabis weighing about 507 grams.

The duo pleaded not guilty and the matter has since been adjourned to August 12 for trial The duo was remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, sources at the Drug Enforcement Commissioner (DEC) in Chinsali said the accused juvenile was allegedly given the contraband by her father to hide it at her aunt’s place who is the co-accused after he noticed the presence of a combined team of police and DEC officers in the area.

The sources told ZANIS that the girl’s father who allegedly dealt in dagga went into hiding after he heard that his daughter and sister had been apprehended.

The sources said the operation was conducted after a tip off from members of the public.