Namibia now a drug user nation

13 November 2019 | Crime

While Namibia used to be regarded as a transit route for drugs to other destinations, statistics now indicate that the country has become a “user nation”, with most of the users being young people.

This is according to the chief spokesperson of the police, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, who provided the latest statistics on drug seizures and arrests in Namibia for the month of October.

A total of 92 suspects were arrested and drugs to the value of N$835 695 were seized by the police's Drug Law Enforcement Division last month.

According to the statistics the seizures included: 63.8 kg of cannabis worth N$637 995, 126 grams of cocaine powder worth N$63 000, 225 Mandrax tablets worth N$30 600, and 99 units of crack cocaine worth N$99 000.

“Namibia has become a user nation and the victims are our youth. Hence the need for a concerted effort to educate the youth on the danger of drugs and to report drug dealers to the police in order to prevent our future generations from drug addiction,” said Kanguatjivi.

He urged the public to keep reporting and exposing drug dealers, saying that was the only way to destroy the market for drugs and save the victims of drug abuse.



ELLANIE SMIT

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