Congolese woman caught in Swakop with cocaine, cannabis

By Confidente Reporter

A 21-year-old Congolese woman from Osire Refugee camp on a visit to Swakopmund was arrested at Mondesa Shell service station for dealing in cannabis and cocaine powder this week.

According to the Erongo Police, the suspect Fariala Tolelo was arrested on Monday and appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate Court on Tuesday on charges of dealing after she was found in possession of 2.7 kg of cannabis valued at N$136 000 and 105 grams of cocaine powder valued at N$52 500, to make a total haul of N$188 500.

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old male, Mutumbwulwa David Natangwe was also arrested in Mondesa in Daureb Street after he was found in possession of two big bankies of cannabis and 14 small bankies (67 grams) valued N$3 350 during police action in the area. The suspect was due to appear in Swakopmund Magistrates court yesterday.

Last month, another 21-year-old suspect was arrested with 57 wraps of cannabis weighing 65 grams each and 57 quarter mandrax tablets worth N$2 360 in the Erongo region, while a 35-year-old woman was arrested after she was found with five parcels of 10 balies each and loose cannabis with a combined weight of 1 550 grams, as well as a cash amount of N$445 on her.

Official data show that the police arrested 32 men for illegal drugs with a value of nearly N$900 000 in various regions around the country over the long weekend at the start of May. The arrested men include 31 Namibians and one Angolan national.

In January, 44-year-old David Swartz together with a 40-year-old South African national, Ignatius Visser, were arrested at the border crossing while attempting to smuggle 2 800 Mandrax tablets from South Africa into Namibia in Swartz’s vehicle. With a street value of N$100 each, the South African Police Service valued the large number of tablets seized at N$280 000.