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POLICE in Solwezi have arrested a 52-year-old Peruvian for being in possession of 50 grammes of gold nugget without a trading licence.

North-Western Province Commissioner of Police, Joe Njase, said the suspect was intercepted at Kapijimpanga police check point following a tip off by a member of public that a man was traveling from Solwezi to Chingola in possession of a gold nugget without a license.

Mr Njase said the incident happened on August 17, 2021 around 15:00 hours at Kapijimpanga police check point. “Be informed that information was received from a reliable source that unknown person was travelling from Solwezi to Chingola using a Nissan Patrol Twin Carb white in colour of registration number ABL 2353 in which a Peruvian national was said to be in possession of a gold nugget without a license,” he said.

Mr Njase said the suspect was taken to Solwezi central police and was identified as Cruz Zapata Americo Bernabe, a Peruvian national of street number 26 Hillside Chililabombwe.. “The suspected gold nugget found in his possession weighed 50 grammes which was found in his blue and white laptop bag. The suspect has since been charged and arrested for the above stated offence,” he said Mr Njase said the suspect is in police custody pending to appear in court soon. -ZANIS/

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