Police officers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Wednesday, March 8, arrested singer Vanessa Mdee on suspicion of peddling hard drugs and substances.
Vanessa Mdee’s lawyer, Aman Tenga, has confirmed her arrest.
Mr Tenga says Mdee recorded a statement at a Dar es Salaam police station, as had earlier been ordered by Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, Paul Makonda.
She is currently being questioned at the Central Police Station, said Mdee’s lawyer.
Mr Tenga says Vanessa Mdee, early last month, was in South Africa filming MTV Shuga, when Mr Makonda listed her among suspected drug dealers operating in Tanzania.
It is not yet clear when Vanessa Mdee will be released.
Mr Tenga adds that police officers early last month conducted a house search at Mdee’s place before subjecting her to drug test at a government medical facility.
Dar es Salaam police boss Simon Sirro said the operation to arrest the suspected drug-traffickers began early February. Five people were apprehended on February 3, and an additional 12 arrested the following day.
Among those who were arrested in connection with drug-dealing allegations include: Actress Wema Sepetu, singer TID, Dogo Hamidu, Clouds FM presenter Babuu wa Kitaa, socialite Agnes Masogange, among others.
Mr Sirro said a special unit, comprising the police and other investigative agencies, was put in place to hunt for drug barons operating in Tanzania.
Despite government’s efforts to end the social ill of drug trafficking across its borders, several Tanzanians have been arrested in connection with this illegal business outside the country.
There are reports abound about a number of Tanzanians having been hanged after being caught with the drugs outside the country, notably in China.
Following public criticism of government laxity in the fight against the scourge, Tanzanian authorities have vowed to push the envelope to curtail the vice of drug-trafficking.