Drugs worth N$5.4m seized in April

08 May 2019 | Crime

The police have arrested 99 suspects and seized drugs valued at more than N$5.4 million during April.

A statement released this week notes that among the 99 suspects, 88 are Namibian, three Angolan, three Congolese and one South African, while four are Tanzanian nationals. Among the illegal narcotics seized were 82 units of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of N$8 200, in addition to 14 grams of cocaine powder valued at N$7 000. The police also seized 418 mandrax tablets, valued at N$50 160. Forty cartons of 'Yes cigarettes' were also seized, valued at N$8 000.

The majority of drugs seized by the Namibian police in April related to cannabis and cannabis plants.

More than 531 kilograms of cannabis, with an estimated street value of more than N$5.3 million, were seized; in addition to plants weighing 20 grams and valued at N$200.

At the end of April, police arrested a 63-year-old man near Mariental for being in possession of 135 grams of cannabis, valued at N$ 1 300. At the same time, police in Mariental also confiscated five bags of cannabis, 26 quarter mandrax tablets, 13 half mandrax tablets and 15 full mandrax tablets, valued at N$ 3 360, from a 29-year-old man.

Protests are increasing countrywide, urging government to decriminalise or legalise the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis, which many say should not be classed alongside other types of illegal substances such as cocaine and crack cocaine.

Activists have noted the potential economic benefits of legalising cannabis, which worldwide has seen many countries approve efforts to decriminalise the herb.

JANA-MARI SMITH

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