Police have intercepted a contraband of mbanje weighing 810 kilogrammes believed to have been smuggled into the country from neighbouring Mozambique.
The dagga was found in Cephas Sibanda’s (35) car, which had broken down along the Mpandawana-Chatsworth Road last Saturday.
Police allegedly pounced on Sibanda before he had a chance to stash the dagga in a nearby bush after he realised law enforcement agents were circling his Toyota Mark II vehicle.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector Charity Mazula confirmed the incident yesterday.
On the fateful day, she said police officers from Chatsworth who were on routine patrol came across Sibanda’s vehicle which was parked by the roadside and was not occupied at the time.
Sibanda was allegedly seated in a Honda Fit vehicle that was parked behind the Mark II vehicle.
The police officers allegedly became suspicious and demanded to search the Mark II vehicle.
The officers were further alerted by the smell of dagga that filled the air when Sibanda opened the vehicle’s doors.
They searched the vehicle and discovered several 90kg bags of dagga.
They then arrested Sibanda and he implicated an accomplice who is still at large.
The recovered dagga will be presented in court as an exhibit.herald