Police in Chileka, Blantyre have destroyed 109 bags of cannabis sativa locally called Chamba weighing 3,270 Kilograms which was impounded in January this year.
The marijuana was impounded by Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials at Lilangwe roadblock along the M1 Blantyre-Zalewa road.
The illicit drug was in a truck registration number ZA 1580 that’s was on its way from Nkhotakota to Blantyre. It was burnt on Saturday in Machinjiri Township in Blantyre.
Chileka Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Mwale said owners of the hemp are still at large after they ran away upon being intercepted by the MRA officials.
“So far we have not managed to apprehend the owner of the hemp but our investigations are still on.
The van which was used to transport the consignment has been handed over to the owner as there is no link between the owner and the consignment,” said Mwale.
The van had 109 bags weighing 30 kilograms each.
In Malawi it is illegal to cultivate or trade the illicit drug. But government is in the process of finalizing the legalization of industrial hemp to boost the country’s ailing economy.