Police bust a drug syndicate in Gweru’s CBD

By Tafara Chikumira

Police have busted a drug trafficking syndicate in Gweru’s central business district arresting seven people in connection with dealing in illegal substances.

At the corner of 9th and Lobengula Street in Gweru, one is greeted with a semi dilapidated building inscribed Solars College.

The impression at the building is that it is a private college as smartly dressed young man and women come in and out every now and then.

At the backyard of the building is a driving school, restaurant, garage and some seemingly dysfunctional rooms which have turned out to be home to drug trafficking activities in the city.

The presence of flashy cars especially during weekends drew the attention of law enforcement agents before embarking on an undercover operation which took a week.

To conceal their operations to the prying eyes of the public, the suspected traffickers had dug a hole in the middle of the room to hide a box stashed with an assortment of drugs.

Midlands Provincial Acting Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mkwembi said: “We managed to bust these people and recover 51 bottles of bronclea. We also recovered a considerable amount of processed dagga. there were also plastic stashes of mutoriro.

“We also managed to arrest seven people we rounded at the place who will appear in court soon facing drug dealing related charges. We urge the community to assist in dealing with drugs. We also urge the society to stay away from drugs.”

The owner of the building, Mr Spencer Govere, said he had nothing to do with what was happening at the premises.

Issues of drug trafficking are on a worrying increase across the country prompting President Emmerson Mnangagwa to set up an inter-ministerial taskforce to deal with the menace.