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68 arrested for selling prohibited liquor

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Sixty-eight people Tuesday appeared before the Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe to answer various charges including selling liquor without licence and others for being found in possession of Indian hemp.

Lilongwe Police spokesperson, Kingsley Dandaula, said the 68 were arrested in various markets in the capital city following a sweeping exercise that the police carried out from Thursday to Saturday last week.

Despite Malawi Bureau of Standards banning the manufacturing, distribution and selling of liquor in sachets and plastic bottles, many traders are still selling the merchandise using such resources.

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Dandaula said having noted the trend, the police conducted the sweeping exercise in Area 3, Lilongwe’s vegetable market, popularly known as Lizulu, and Biwi markets.

According to Dandaula, 18 of the suspects were selling alcohol without licence.

“We had an exercise whereby we were targeting people that are selling beer without licence and also there are certain people who are still selling beer in plastic bottles that is when we arrested the 68.

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From the sweeping exercise, Dandaula said, the police also confiscated Indian hemp.

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