BY KENNETH NYANGANI
POLICE in Manicaland province have bust another fuel smuggling syndicate, and transporters of goods including dagga, which were destined for Mozambique.
The goods were intercepted in Chipinge while the smugglers were using an illegal route.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Inspector Luxon Chananda yesterday confirmed the development to NewsDay.
Chananda said on July 23, police in Chipinge received information that two people, Right Mutenda (28) from Mutendadzamera shop in Birchenough and Richard Rushwaya (31) from Tama village under Chief Chamutsa in Buhera, were transporting fuel from Mozambique.
Police mounted a roadblock at Mutakura Dam turn-off in Chipinge at around 7pm.
At around 9pm, the accused persons got to the roadblock and were stopped by the police who conducted a search in their Toyota Dyna truck.
Mutenda, who was driving the truck, tried to flee from the scene, but he was apprehended.
Police recovered 15 drums of diesel and petrol.
In a separate case, the following day, police also bust a syndicate of dagga smugglers.
They received information that Johannes Sithole (31) from Mozambique and Gift Mutekesa from Bulawayo were transporting dagga from
Police then mounted a roadblock at Checheche business centre, where the pair was nabbed at around 9pm.
The driver of the Isuzu truck tried to make a U-turn upon realisation that there was a roadblock, but the police caught up with them and arrested them.
The pair was charged with possession of drugs and disregarding COVID-19 curfew.
Police recovered 6x90kg of dagga.
Last week, police also smashed another fuel smuggling gang, after it attempted to smuggle fuel from Mozambique.
- Follow Kenneth on Twitter @KennethNyangan1