Police in Mwinilunga District have apprehended 21 people and seized nine properties at Philton Investments limited, a mining firm.
Police say the 21 people have since been officially arrested and charged with three offences.
In the first count, the accused have been charged with criminal trespass at Philton Mining.
While in second count they are accused of conducting illegal mining or exploration.
And in the third count, they are accused of undertaking a project without an approval from Environmental Council of Zambia.
This is contained in a statement issued to Diamond news by North Western Province Police Commissioner, Joel Njase