Police recruit nabbed at training depot over mbanje in shoes

ZVIMBA – A police recruit has appeared in court charged with unlawful possession of dangerous drugs.

Wesley Mavhengere, 20, appeared before Harare magistrate Nyaradzo Sarudzai Manokore last Saturday and was remanded to August 17 on Z$10,000 bail.

Prosecutors say Mavhengere was keeping mbanje (cannabis) in his shoes at the Mukushi Police Training depot in Zvimba.

The court heard that on July 22, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department went to the training depot on a scene revisit over a theft case in which several laptops were stolen.

The prosecution says detectives were interviewing people that had been identified as suspects, and also conducting searches throughout the barrack.

When the officers got to Mavhengere, he was allegedly observed tossing a pair of pink Nike shoes through a window which was open.

The detectives recovered the shoes and found 16 sachets of cannabis stashed inside the right shoe. Police also found rizlas used for rolling up.

Mavhengere told investigators he bought the cannabis from Mbare in Harare. The drugs weighed 20 grammes and are worth Z$3,600.

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