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Police bust drug syndicate

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NYANGA — Police last week bust a suspected three-member drug trafficking syndicate and recovered 2 160kg of dagga in the Eastern Highlands town.

Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Inspector Leonard Chabata said one of the suspects was arrested after a movie-style chase in the mountainous area on Friday.

Police said the suspects had entered the country through an illegal point from Mozambique when police officers at Ruda Police Station were tipped off of a Toyota Hiace minibus carrying the contraband.

“On December 2 at around 11pm along Hauna-Mandeya Road in Nyanga, police from Ruda received information that there were drug traffickers prowling the area.

“The dagga is suspected to have been in transit to neighbouring countries,” Chabata said.

“Police then set up a roadblock on the road which connects Hauna and Mandeya.

“On realising that police had set up a roadblock, the trio failed to stop and continued driving at high speed along the road.”

Chabata said police gave chase driving through the mountainous road in the dead of the night.

After realising police were hot on their heels, one of the suspects allegedly jumped off the speeding vehicle and was subsequently arrested.

When the alleged traffickers reached Ruda-Mandeya Road they failed to negotiate a sharp curve and knocked down a motor cyclist who was carrying a passenger.

The cyclist died on the spot while his passenger sustained serious injuries and is battling for life at Hauna District Hospital. The alleged traffickers failed to stop after the fatal accident and continued driving.

After a short drive at Dumba turn-off, the remaining suspects stopped their vehicle and took to their heels in the thick forest where police failed to locate them.

Police recovered 24 90-kg bags of the illegal drug from the motor vehicle.

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