78 drug suspects nabbed

14 January 2019 | Crime

A total of 78 drug suspects were arrested in December last year, police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi has confirmed.

The police were also able to seize drugs with a combined value of over N$4.8 million in December alone, Kanguatjivi said.

Of the 78 suspects, 73 were Namibian, four Zambian and one South African.

Drugs seized during the period include 480 481 kilograms of cannabis valued at N$4.8 million, 274 mandrax tablets valued at N$32 880, 11.4 grams of cocaine power valued at N$5 700 and 24 units of crack cocaine valued at N$2 400.

Kanguatjivi urged members of the public to come forward with information that will be helpful to the police. “Drugs can be very destructive to society; please report drug dealers to your nearest police station,” Kanguatjivi said.

Nampa also reported that two people were arrested last Tuesday at the Otjiwarongo-Outjo temporary road block for being in possession of 200 mandrax tablets. They made their first appearance in the Outjo Magistrate's Court last Thursday.

The mandrax are valued at N$30 300.

The duo, 26-year-old Elsie Goagoses and 30-year-old Sebastian Claasen, appeared before Magistrate Agatha Okamaru on charges of being in possession and dealing in drugs.

During their appearance, Okamaru explained to the duo that they have the right to appoint and attorney of their choice or apply for a legal aid lawyer.

They also have the right to defend themselves in court.

The accused opted to apply for legal aid, after which their case was postponed to 27 February to allow them to acquire such services.

Sean Nangombe is the prosecutor in the matter.

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