Drug pushers, illegal aliens rounded up

A combined team of security agencies yesterday swung into action and rounded up several people, including foreign nationals believed to be involved in illegal activities in Lusaka’s Chaisa Township.

The security agencies comprised officers from the police, Drug Enforcement Commission and Department of Immigration. Dozens of drug dealers  and illegal imigrants were apprehended for allegedly trafficking in drugs and possession of forged documents respectively.

The operation started just after midday, in a similar manner as the one which was conducted in Lusaka’s Chibolya in May this year to rid the community of drugs lords, illicit activities and prohibited immigrants.

Immigration Department spokesperson Namati Nshinka confirmed the security agencies operation yesterday.

He said scores of the people were rounded up by 15:00 hours from various places and bundled into police trucks and were ferried to Edwin Imboela stadium for screening.

“At the moment, it is difficult to determine the number of people who have been arrested, until the screening exercise is over” he said.

Mr Nshinka said the combined team was determined to ensure that all places suspected of harbouring prohibited immigrants were cleaned and cleansed. He said the team was also looking for prohibited immigrants with forged documents.