Zambia arrested a total of 1,431 people for drug-related offenses in the first quarter of 2017, its anti-drug agency said on Friday.

A year-on-year quarterly analysis shows that the total arrests increased by 6.87 percent from 1,339 in the first quarter of 2016, according to the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC).

According to a statement, of those arrested, 148 have since been convicted while the rest of the cases were still pending in courts of law.

The anti-drug agency added that among those arrested, 30 were foreigners.

During the period, the anti-drug agency also seized 30 tonnes of cannabis plants, herbs and seeds. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/