A CROSS-BORDER transporter was reportedly arrested on Monday offloading marijuana (mbanje) with a street value of $2 million in Bulawayo’s Magwegwe West suburb.
The suspect, identified as Victor Ndlovu, was allegedly arrested while offloading bags weighing 510kg after curious cops on street patrol asked to search him to establish if the goods were not smuggled.
Ndlovu reportedly told the cops he did not know that the bags had mbanje and that he had crossed the Beitbridge border without encountering any problems.
He said the consignment was for a named Harare man and police are still trying to track the suspect. Ndlovu’s vehicle, a Toyota Quantum was impounded.
Details about the drug haul, believed to be of one the biggest in Zimbabwe’s history were sketchy last night.
The processed dangerous drug is suspected to have originated from Cape Town and was destined for either the United States or the United Kingdom.
Efforts to get a comment from the police last night were fruitless, but sources said the matter was being handled by the drug squad.
Cases of smuggling at the Beitbridge border post have been on the increase, but most of the contraband has been destined for South Africa.
Zimbabweans have been caught smuggling things such as explosives, gold and cigarettes.