Drugs worth N$3.4m seized, 159 arrests

05 June 2020 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



Drugs worth more than N$3.46 million were seized in May and 159 suspects were arrested on drug-related charges.

According to the police 140 of those arrested are Namibians. The rest are eight Zambians, three Angolans, three Nigerians, two Congolese, a South African, a Tanzanian and a Zimbabwean.

Police statistics indicate that 316 297 kg of cannabis with a street value of more than N$3.162 million was confiscated.

Other drug seizures included 549 mandrax tablets worth N$65 880, 394 grams of cocaine powder worth N$197 000, 290 units of crack cocaine worth N$29 000, eight Cytotec tablets worth N$4 800 and 19.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine worth N$9 800.

In April drugs worth N$502 120 were seized and 143 suspects were arrested.

Recent crime statics indicate that there has been a 97.9% increase in drug offences since the coronavirus state of emergency was introduced more than two months ago.

This is according to crime statistics analysed by the police and retrieved from daily incident reports from all 14 regions over a period of 136 days (68 days before and 68 days during the state of emergency period).

The statistics indicate that in the 68-day period before the state of emergency there were 144 cases of drug possession or dealing. In the 68 days after the state of emergency was declared, this figure increased to 285 incidents. A total of 176 suspects were arrested in the period before the state of emergency while 374 suspects were arrested in the period after.

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