Natasha, University student busted $1.7m drugs

23-year-old University student busted with $1.7m drugs following movie-style high-speed chase by Police

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A University of Zimbabwe (UZ) student who allegedly doubles as a drug pusher, was arrested last week following a movie-style high-speed chase by the police.

The UZ student, slay queen Natasha Gamuchirai Chari, 23, was arrested together with fellow alleged drug pusher Gertrude Glenara, 21.

The two women were found in posession of crystal meth valued at $1, 777 905 on August, 24. They were charged with unlawful dealing in dangerous drugs together with Kudakwashe Charles Mapara, 25. Mapara was arrested after the two women implicated him.

The three suspects appeared before Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje on Friday. The three alleged drug peddlers had to spend the weekend in jail after the magistrate postponed the bail hearing to Monday.

The court heard that on August 24, detectives from CID Drugs in Harare were notified that some drug dealers were making deliveries. The detectives were informed that the drug dealers were using a silver Honda Fit for their illicit deliveries. They were also informed that the drug dealers would be making a delivery at the NetOne building in Harare’s CBD.

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Zimlive reports that the detectives responded quickly to the information and set a trap for the drug dealers ahead of time.

Just like they had been told, the silver Honda Fit showed up at the NetOne building with the two slay queens. Glenara was driving while Chari was in the passenger seat.

When the detective moved in on the Hond Fit, Glenara hit the accelerator and attempted to evade the police. However, the detectives were up to the task and pursued the vehicle.

Following a high-speed chase, the detectives finally cornered the vehicle at the intersection of Samora Machel and Rekai Tangwera Streets. 

A search of the vehicle turned up four sachets of crystal methamphetamine. After being interrogated Glenara and Chari both implicated Mapara.

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The detectives then quickly moved on Mapara. When he realised that he was cornered, Mapara allegedly tried to throw away a white substance.

The police recovered two more sachets of the drug and 108 grams of cannabis.

The crystal meth was valued at Z$1,770,905 while the cannabis was valued at Z$9,000.

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