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Zimbabwe pair held over theft of 30 000 pills in US


By Staff Reporter

A PROMINENT Zimbabwean businessman in Indianapolis, United States, has been arrested together with his girlfriend charged with the theft of over 30 000 prescription pills from several phamarcies.

Muzobanzi Ncube, 35, who owns the Zambezi Bar in Indianapolis faces trial in October alongside his co-accused girlfriend Monica Mutamba, 25.

Noblesville police say Ncube, who worked as a pharmacist at several locations in Indiana, is charged with seven felony counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, and two counts of theft.

Mutamba, who police say lives with Ncube in Indianapolis, is charged with seven felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a Schedule II substance, and two felony counts of receiving stolen property.

Both remained in the Hamilton County Jail Thursday on $1 million bonds.

Capt. Joe Robbins of the Noblesville Police Department said Ncube was working at the pharmacy late Thursday night and early Friday morning last week when he took about 8,000 prescription pills, including hydrocodone, from the business.

Ncube then gave them to Mutamba, who picked them up at a drive-through window. Authorities confiscated the pills. Ncube was arrested at the pharmacy, and Mutamba was arrested after driving away, Robbins said.

Ncube also worked at pharmacies in Seymour and Anderson, and is suspected of taking pills from those locations. He is suspected of taking about 30,000 pills from CVS outlets in Seymour, Anderson, and the Noblesville location, and illegally selling some of the prescription medication. Authorities searched the pair's Indianapolis home, and found about 10,000 of the missing 30,000 pills, Robbins said.
Additional reporting Indy Star
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