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FUNCTIONS OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION

In order for the Commission to attain its mandates, DEC has three main Units i.e. National Education Campaign Division, Anti-Drugs Operations Department and the Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit.

The Anti-Drugs Operations Department

Section 5 of The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia gives the functions of the Commission as follows:

(a) To collect, collate and disseminate information on narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances;

(b) To receive and investigate any complaint of the alleged or suspected breach of the Act and subject to the directives of the Director of Public Prosecutions, prosecute for offences under the Act;

The National Education Campaign Division

Section 5 further gives the following functions in line with education and awareness to the Commission:

(c) To address and advise Government Ministries and Departments, public bodies, companies, institutions, statutory bodies and corporations on ways and means of preventing prohibited activities relating to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and suggest measures, procedures or methods of work compatible with the proper performance of their duties;

(d) To disseminate information intended to educate the public on evils and dangerous effects of abusing drugs or psychotropic substances and the effects of dealing in property acquired from drug trafficking;

(e) To enlist and foster public support against the abuse of drugs or psychotropic substances and in this connection, liaise with similar authorities outside Zambia;

The Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit

According to Section 6 of the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act No. 14 of 2001 and as amended by Act 44 of 2010, the functions of the Unit are as follows:

(a) To investigate financial and other business transactions suspected to be part of money laundering offences;

(b) To conduct investigations and prosecutions of money laundering offences;

(c) To liaise with other law enforcement agencies in the conduct of investigations and prosecution of money laundering offences; and

(d) To cooperate with other law enforcement agencies and institutions in other jurisdictions responsible for investigations and prosecution of money laundering offences.