101 busted for drug possession

By Tracy Tafirenyika

THE Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the last 30 days arrested suspects on drug related charges and seized drug stashes valued at N$ 638 653 in an operation targeting drug lords flooding local street with their stash.

This was confirmed by the Deputy Commissioner of the Namibian Police, Kauna Shikwambi in a letter sent to Confidente.

According to the Shikwambi, Nampol managed to snatch various types of drug substances and arrested suspect dealing in Cannabis (63 865.34kg), 94 tablets of mandrax, 14 grams of cocaine powder and 254 units crack cocaine all valued at N$ 638 653.

The report furthermore explained that 101 suspects were arrested consisting of 93 Namibians, two Angolans, two Congolese, two Zambians, one Tanzanian and one South African national.

Speaking to Confidente this week, Shikwambi stated that the police would continue to keep an eagle eye on the streets and warned criminal their days were numbered.

“Buying and dealing in drugs is a serious criminal offense, we are urging the public to report people supplying these drugs. We will continue with our operations until we have cleaned our streets by arresting these suspects, It is a bit challenging to deal with such cases but we are going to try our level best as always to arrest the criminals involved in such matters.

“The amount, N$ 638 653, means we have a lot of drugs being illegally sold but also reflects on the work the police is doing, however, we need public help in order to deal with the drug cases, people must report because if it does not affect you now it will affect someone in the community,” she stated.

The police also expressed concerns on the rise of drug abuse stating that doing drugs is illegal, report it and save lives.

The Namibian police, in the beginning of this year recovered N$15 million in the Khomas region alone after it arrested 19 arrested suspects from Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Meanwhile, Geraldine Goreses was in May arrested for transporting drugs and dealing in heroin worth N$1 572 500 at Hosea Kutako International Airport.

A Windhoek resident was also arrested this year for having a dagga ‘plantation’ in his yard. According to the police, 5.5 kg of dagga was discovered at his residence in Kleine Kuppe. It is valued at N$277 000, the police stated.
The suspect was charged with planting cannabis (skunk), dealing in cannabis, and racketeering.