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THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) working with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) have seized a consignment of Benylin with Codeine syrup at Victoria Falls border in Livingstone. The consignment was discovered during a search conducted on a Shalom Truck which was coming from South Africa and was being driven by Mate Mbomena, aged 37 and James Phiri, aged 48 both of Chawama Compound in Lusaka.

This is contained in a joint statement by DEC head of public relations, Mathias Kamanga and ZRA corporate and communications manager Topsy Sikalinda. Mr Kamanga said seven boxes containing 336 bottles of Benylin with codeine were discovered and seized together with the truck carrying them. He said the two drivers have since been charged and arrested for drug trafficking.

As the public may be aware, he said, the abuse of the said drug has been on the increase in many parts of the country and is contributing to the moral decay especially the youth. “You may recall that barely a month ago, we announced the seizure of more than 10, 400 bottles from the same border point.

We therefore wish to advise all those that are engaging in similar offences to refrain from the vice or risk prosecution,” he said. Mr Kamanga said the suspects were in police custody and would appear in court soon.

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