Police in Mutare have seized more than 1 tonne of marijuana (mbanje) following a high-speed chase with two suspects who overran a checkpoint, prompting a hot pursuit.
In a post on Twitter, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said the suspects later bailed on foot after crashing their vehicle.
The suspects appeared before a Mutare magistrate today and were remanded in custody today. Police said:
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On 24/05/21, Police in Mutare recovered 24x50kgs sacks of dagga weighing 1 080kgs and a Toyota Granvia, AFM 0627, after the vehicle was dumped by suspects near Christmas pass.
The suspects were first stopped at a police checkpoint in Hot springs, where they disobeyed the order by hitting roadblock drums and sped off.
A high-speed chase ensued up until they got to Christmas pass where they abandoned the vehicle after being involved in a minor road traffic accident.
Two suspects have since been arrested in connection with the case and have appeared before Mutare Magistrate court where they were remanded in custody pending bail application.
Cases people caught in possession of marijuana have been on the rise across the country over the past several months with suspects found with staggering amounts of the illegal drug.
Early this month police in Victoria Falls arrested Patricia Ncube (49) of Mkhosana suburb in Victoria Falls after they recovered 14 by 50kg bags of mbanje hidden in her bedroom.
There were also twists of mbanje that were found hidden in a container in the same house. The drug had a street value of $48 million.