Kavango police go after drug peddlers
By Rosalia David
THE Kahenge police station regional crime and investigation coordinator Abner Agas has urged the surrounding community to report cases of suspects interloping on the Kavango River at night smuggling drugs into the country from neighbouring Angola.
This comes after two cases of suspects dealing in drugs were reported in Kavango West last weekend.
The crime report detailed that at Siudiva village situated in the Kavango West, on July 2 a 42-year-old male was arrested after his house was searched by the police and 40 parcels of cannabis valued at N$6 243,50 were found buried in the yard.
“We are urging the community members to report those crossing the river at night to smuggle in drugs. Most substances are coming from Angola and that is why we suspect that, since our border is close to the river, they are making use of the river while people are sleeping,” Agas said.
He further stated that the police have however come up with new strategies to tackle and minimise drug smuggling into the region.
“We will not leave any stone unturned. We will make sure that we catch those criminals. The community should also avoid dealing in drugs as the consequences can be costly. The community should come forward and report these cases. We will protect your identity by all means,” he added.
The report also detailed that a 28-year-old female was also searched and found in possession of 19 parcels of cannabis valued N$3 003,30 and subsequently arrested for Contravention of sec 2(a) of Act 41 of 1971 for dealing in cannabis while police investigations into the matter continue.
Although there are a few cases reaching the police, Agas said, dealing in drugs is however not such a major concern in Kavango West.
Meanwhile, last month, in the Erongo region, the police confiscated 27 000 grams of cannabis valued at N$1 350 000 which were found on a 31-year-old male of Congolese origin at a complex opposite Shell Service Station at Swakopmund.
The Congolese suspect already had another drug case pending in which he was arrested with cocaine valued at N$500 at Mondesa in 2019.
In December 2020, the police arrested a 37-year-old man in Wanaheda, Windhoek for the plantation of cannabis valued at N$85 000.
During the same year in June, drugs valued at N$1,6 million in five separate searches in Windhoek were seized while in 2019, in the //Kharas region, cannabis weighing 216 kilograms with a street value of N$1,8 million was also seized during a police raid.