Police have arrested a 67-year-old man from Chigona village in Chipinge for unlawful cultivation of dagga as the law enforcement agency intensifies efforts to reduce drug abuse cases in the country.

Following a tip off, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department in Chipinge on Friday arrested Thomas Rashayi Makhanyeza and recovered 94 plants of dagga, measuring  between one and two metres in height.

The plants were uprooted from a garden at the accused’s homestead near the border with Mozambique.

Chipinge District Criminal Investigations Officer, Superintendent Obey Muzadzi, who warned other dagga cultivators to stop forthwith the illegal practice, said the case is the first major dagga cultivation arrest in the area as most previous cases were on the shipment of dagga from Mozambique due to the country’s porous border.

Meanwhile, the accused appeared before the Chipinge Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty before being remanded to the 5th of January 2018 for sentencing.

Chipinge has been traditionally known as a transit point for dagga being sold to other parts of the country with other supplies going as far as South Africa.