30 Mar 2015 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 MAR (NAMPA) Twenty-three people were arrested by the Namibian Police Force's (NamPol) Drug Law-Enforcement Unit in connection with illegal possession of cannabis and a cannabis tree over the past few days across the country.
The people detained are 18 Namibians and five foreign nationals from Nigeria, Burundi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and neighbouring South Africa, respectively.
The suspects were arrested in Pionierspark and Katutura in the capital, the southern border town of Noordoewer, Katima Mulilo, Rundu and Otavi during a police operation between 27 and 30 March this year.
During the operation, dagga (cannabis) estimated to have a street value of about N.dollars 182 409 was confiscated.
In the Pionierspark residential area here, a 29-year-old Namibian was seized on Sunday after a big cannabis tree weighing about 15 kilogrammes and valued at N.dollars 15 000 was found in a yard of a house.
NamPol' spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told a media briefing here on Monday afternoon that the suspect will make his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Luderitz here on Tuesday morning.
The other suspects will also appear in magistrates' courts in the towns they were apprehended in.
Last week, Windhoek resident Johannes Rapp was arrested on 22 March this year in connection with three cannabis trees found in Olympia, also in Windhoek.
The 39-year-old Rapp was on Monday last week granted bail of N.dollars 10 000 when he made a first appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Justine Asino.
His case was postponed to 19 May this year, as police investigations into his alleged cannabis plantation were still at an initial stage.
According to the charge sheet, the three cannabis trees are estimated to have a street value of N.dollars 33 300.
Meanwhile, Tanzanian national Lidefons Junior Lupanga, 32, who was arrested on Sunday last week in Olympia after 30 grammes of cocaine powder worth N.dollars 15 000 was found in his possession, also appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Monday last week.
At the time of Lupanga's arrest, the police seized N.dollars 14 500 in cash as well as two motor vehicles - an Audi sedan and an Amarok pick-up with a combined value of about N.dollars 1 million.
Also appearing in court last week, was Lee Namundjembo, a 36-year-old Namibian, who was arrested in Hochlandpark on Sunday with 'skunk' worth N.dollars 7 500. Skunk refers to cannabis strains that give off a very pungent smell.
The police also confiscated N.dollars 8 450 in cash from Namundjembo.
He was granted a bail of N.dollars 3 000.
Both Lupanga and Namundjembo's cases were postponed until 19 May this year, pending further police investigations.