Bolivian seized with cocaine in Zambia

Zambia's authorities have arrested a Bolivian national for allegedly trafficking in 2.1 kilogramme of cocaine.

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) revealed the suspect as Mr Veigaza Arias Steven, 27.

Police spokesperson Theresa Katongo said Mr Steven was intercepted at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka upon arrival from Rio de Janeiro, via Angola, aboard an Angolan Airlines flight,

His consignment, the Ms Katongo said in a statement, was wrapped in condoms which he concealed in 55 bottles of roll-on deodorant.

Four people

The law enforcers also arrested four people for various drug related offences in an operation conducted in Lusaka's notorious Chibolya Township.

Drug busts have become common as Zambia was being used as passage to other countries.

However, according to DEC, there was concern about the growing numbers of drug users in the southern Africa state.

DEC spokesperson John Nyawali, in a past interview said: "The commission is extremely worried about the increasing number of teenagers abusing narcotics such as cocaine and heroin. This is an indication that Zambia is no longer a transit nation but slowly drifting to a drug consumer nation."

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