DEC seizes US$150,900 in counterfeit notes
Written by admin on May 5, 2021
According to a report published today, the Drug Enforcement Commission in the first quarter of 2021 seized US$150,900 in counterfeit notes.
The Commission received a total of 29 reports involving over K19 million, over US$326,000 and 25,300 Pounds and secured one conviction in the cases under the Anti-money Laundering Investigations Unit. The report also indicates that the Commission arrested 14 people from 648 concluded cases involving over K9.4 million, over US$421,000 and 15 million Malawian Kwacha.
Other seizures recorded from the commenced investigations include properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds and instruments of crime comprising 3 motor vehicles and cash amounting to over K2.8 million and over US$145,000.
Drug Enforcement Commission Public Relations Officer, Mathias Kamanga said the Commission recorded 832 arrests for various drug related offences countrywide, representing an 18% reduction from 1,013 arrests recorded in the same period last year.
Mr. Kamanga said of the total arrests, 201 convictions were recorded with 228 cases disposed of through other legal provisions while 736 cases are still pending at various stages of the court process. He also said the Commission seized cannabis seeds, cannabis plants and marijuana, totaling 27.73 tons, compared to 18.77 tons recorded in the same period last year.