A Nyanga dealer has been arrested with mbanje weighing more than 600kg with a street value of $1 million.

He had been smuggled into the country from Mozambique through illegal entry points with an accomplice.

When Tinashe Tapera (27) was trapped by cops at a restaurant in Nyanga he attempted to bribe them with $11 000. The mbanje was stashed in a Nissan Caravan vehicle.

Manicaland police spokesman Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa said :“Police in Ruwangwe received a tip-off from their counterparts in Mutare that there was car which was transporting 25 sacks of 90kg marijuana from Mozambique to an unknown destination.
“Acting on the tip-off, Officer-in-Charge for Ruwange, Inspector Bere assigned his subordinates led by Seargent Panketi. They made a follow up and intercepted the vehicle, a Nissan Caravan, registration Number AEU 8376, at Kaitano Primary School. While at the scene, they searched and discovered the contraband.

“However, the two suspects dumped the vehicle and vanished into a nearby bush,” he said.
The following day, Tapera contacted some police officers at the station and attempted to bribe them with US$1 000. Insp Bere organised a trap and lured the suspect to come to Ruwangwe Growth Point where it was arranged that he would give the money to Constable Kademaunga. He was arrested while trying to hand over the money.

Tapera appeared before a Nyanga magistrate on Monday facing charges of weed possession and bribery.

He was remanded in custody and will be back in the dock on June 21.