Police in Karonga and Chitipa confirmed the arrest this week, of 23 maize smugglers who surrendered themselves after hiding for some days.
The 23 are some of the owners of the 33 trucks which were impounded recently in Karonga and Chitipa districts.
The arrested are expecting to appear before the court to answer the charge of attempting to export the grain.
According to Chitipa police spokesperson Gladwel Simwaka, and his counterpart in Karonga, George Mlewa, the group has however, denied the charge.
The group, age ranges between 32 to 38 come from three districts.
All the drivers of the 33 trucks, refused to appear before the court, with the exception of the seven from Chitipa who are expected to be in court on 10 April, 2017.
State President Peter Mutharika ordered the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) soldiers to guard the country’s border posts and impound any vehicle that tries to smuggle maize out of the country.
Meanwhile, ADMARC has revealed plans to sell its maize to Tanzania and Kenya.