Zambian national nabbed for drug possession at Katima

05 Dec 2014 17:00pm
KATIMA MULILO, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – A Zambian national was apprehended by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at a mobile roadblock for possession of marijuana here on Friday.
The man, whose identity cannot be revealed until he makes his first appearance before the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court next week, was in transit from Zambia to local informal settlement “Cowboy”.
NamPol’s Deputy Regional Commander of Operations in the Zambezi Region, Robert Sanjahi said the suspect, whose age is not yet known, has since been charged with drug trafficking, while another charge of illegally entering into Namibia has also been opened against him.
The value of the drugs, transported in a suitcase, has not yet established by the Drug and Law Enforcement Unit of the police.
“He (suspect) did not even have a border pass or travel documentations on him to show if he entered into Namibia legally. The vehicle he was in was searched and it was found that the suitcase filled with dagga belonged to him.
“It is probable that the suspect was destined to distribute or resell the dagga (marijuana) at the Cowboy settlement, because he indicated that the area as his final destination,” Sanjahi told Nampa on Friday.
He added that several other banned products, including bags of salted fish from Lake Lyambezi was also confiscated from some Zambian and local nationals when searched at the two-day mobile roadblock, which also checks vehicle worthiness, illegal immigrants and prison escapees.
According to Sanjahi, the owners of the sacks containing the fish did not have permits to fish from the lake with the intention to resell the stock in their home country.
“We confiscated the bags of fish. At the end of the mobile roadblock operation this weekend, relevant police departments will sit and decide on whether to donate the items, including other foods, to the State hospital, orphanages and homes housing persons living with disabilities.
“All these items will be donated with urgency as they might spoil if stored longer than necessary,” said Sanjahi.