20 November 2012

Namibia: Four Women Busted With Cannabis

Windhoek — Four women were arrested last Friday for possession of 8kg of cannabis with a street value exceeding N$24 000 in Grootfontein.

The two Namibian suspects, 19-year-old Erika Horaseb and 22-year-old Paulina Naimbodi were arrested at around 12:30 last week Friday in the Omulunga location of Grootfontein with 34 parcels of cannabis.

Two South African nationals, 44-year-old Paulina Mzinyathi and 46-year-old Namarucci Babi were also arrested later after their attempt to escape was foiled. The four were expected to appear in the Grootfontein Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo confirmed the arrests and revealed that the Otjozondjupa police have made about 12 drug-related arrests in the last three to four months.

"The situation is serious," he complained, adding that he suspects that the recent drugs may have been smuggled into the country from South Africa. He also confirmed that the arrests were mainly cannabis related and the no other drugs have been encountered in the region yet.

Anghuwo explained that in the last three to four months, two people were arrested in Otavi, four in Grootfontein, two in Outjo, two in Okakarara and two in Otjiwarongo.

"We have mostly arrested women in these cases," he said, adding that the culprits use various tactics to smuggle drugs into the region such as through minibuses, Nampost and trucks travelling from South Africa.

The commissioner revealed that drug traffickers use signals to warn each other, because as soon as an arrest is made, other traffickers cease their operations until they feel it is safe to resume their activities.

He added that police in the Otjozondjupa Region have a strategic operation in place, which he however declined to reveal since it could compromise police operations.

He said the reason why mostly women are arrested for drug trafficking is because they are often used by men and they are usually unemployed and desperate to make a living.

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