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MRA intercepts 146 bags of Indian hemp

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has intercepted 146 bags of Indian hemp (Chamba) following a speed chase of a 5-tonne Isuzu lorry in Blantyre.

Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma said the lorry, registration MHG 4906, was intercepted on Sunday, 15th November 2020.

The lorry, belonging to Frederick John Chiuja from Mangochi district, had passed through the MRA roadblock at Lirangwe without stopping for inspection.

The illicit drug has been delivered to Ndirande Police Station in Blantyre.

This development raised suspicion and prompted a speed chase of the lorry by MRA officers who were accompanied by Police Officers.

“The lorry then turned into a dirt road towards Machinjiri township and our officers and the Police continued the chase. The Police then fired into the air and that is when the driver abandoned the lorry,” Kapoloma explained.

The team then called for assistance and upon inspection of the lorry, they found 146 bags of Indian hemp.

“This is not the first time for MRA to intercept Indian Hemp. Apart from collecting revenue, it is also our mandate to protect Malawians from the importation of prohibited goods which pose a health risk,” Kapoloma said.

The MRA has handed over the Indian Hemp to South Lunzu Police Station who have since delivered the illicit drug to Ndirande Police Station.

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