Alleged drug mules deny carrying illicit substance

14 Feb 2014 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – Two women arrested in December 2012 for possession of an illicit substance denied all charges levelled against them on Friday.
Zimbabwean national Priscilla Masa, 26, and the 38-year-old Sisa Heather Buthelezi from South Africa made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Ingrid Lerato Unengu, and entered not guilty pleas at the start of their trial in the Magistrate's Court along Lüderitz Street in Windhoek.
The two women entered their pleas in the presence and as per instructions of their Windhoek-based defence lawyer Vetu Uanivi.
They are charged with dealing in prohibited dangerous substances, the illegal importing of prohibited drugs into Namibia, and the illegal possession of prohibited drugs.
The substance found in their possession has been identified as Ephedrine Schedule IV, used to manufacture cold and flu medicines and other varieties of medicines.
It is reported that drug dealers also use this substance to make illicit drugs, amongst others ‘Tik’ (crystal methamphetamine), Mandrax and Ecstasy.
The two women were remanded in police custody at the Walvis Bay Police Station's holding cells in the Erongo Region, with no option of posting bail.
Their trial continues on Monday.
Public Prosecutor George Mahoney is representing the State.