New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Cops Bust Drug Syndicate

Walvis Bay — The Namibian Police at Walvis Bay and the Narraville Neighbourhood Watch made a major breakthrough against a drug smuggling ring at the coast.

Last Saturday their efforts paid off big-time when they unearthed a drug smuggling ring in Walvis Bay. Two suspects Jason Nani (20) and Jorgio Doise (20) were arrested for being in possession of a substantial amount of crack cocaine.

The two appeared on Monday in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court for drug possession and dealing. They were released on N$5 000 bail each and their case was postponed to May 20, 2013.

The arrests were made by the drug squad in collaboration with the Narraville Neighbourhood Watch.

According to a member of the neighbourhood watch group, they acted on a tip-off they received from a local businessman, who was allegedly harassed by the two suspects.

"It appears that the ringleader was renting a hut behind a block of flats for the two dealers from which they were operating," said the source. He explained the two dealers were reluctant to reveal where they stayed.

However, a key engraved with the word 'hut' led Nampol and members of the neighbourhood watch group to their 'home'. At least N$2 000 in cash was also found in the hut. The alleged ringleader is also under police investigation.

This is the second arrest in two weeks with the assistance of the neighbourhood watch group. Last week Thursday, a suspected drug dealer, Derrick Brockerhoff (36) was arrested at Arandis for being in possession of crack cocaine with a street value of N$50 000. Brockerhoff made his second appearance yesterday and was refused bail.

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