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Police in Chileka Blantyre destroyed 109 bags of cannabis sativa popularly known as Chamba each weighing about 30 kilogrammes.

The bags were in a vehicle registration number ZA 1580 which was impounded by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) at Lirangwe customs roadblock in Blantyre in January this year.

The vehicle was on its way to Blantyre from Nkhotakota.

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In an interview when the police burnt the consignment at Machinjiri Township on Saturday, Chileka Police spokesperson, Grace Mwale, said people who were caught with the consignment are still at large after they bolted when MRA officials intercepted them.

“So far our investigations have not revealed the real owner [of the hemp] but the van which was used to transport the consignment has been handed over to the owner as there is no link between the owner and the consignment,” said Mwale.

She also said the consignment has been burnt following tests conducted at Bvumbwe Research Station proved it was indeed chamba.

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“As police, there is really nothing else we can do at this stage apart from burning it because both the driver and his assistant are still at large since escaping from the hands of authorities at Lirangwe road block early this year,” he said.

Malawi Revenue Authority had earlier on handed over the consignment to Police for investigations and disposal.

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