Two men arrested after cocaine found in vehicle
19 Jul 2013 13:24
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) says it is concerned about the amount of Namibian women currently in jails in Brazil and South Africa for drug-related crimes.
This was stated by NamPol spokesperson, Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi when contacted by Nampa on Friday shortly after two Namibian men were found in possession of cocaine in the capitals southern industrial area.
The two suspects, both employed by a courier company, were arrested shortly after they arrived in Windhoek on Friday morning from South Africa via Botswana. The cocaine, wrapped in masking tape and weighing around 800 grams, had a street value of about N.dollars 400 000. It was found hidden in the air filter of the courier companys vehicle which they were using.
The owner of the courier service called the police after he noticed the driver acting in a suspicious manner. Upon investigation, the parcel was found in the vehicles engine compartment and both the driver and his co-driver were arrested on the spot.
Kanguatjivi told this news agency 14 Namibian women are currently in custody in Brazil after they acted as drug mules, while there are 11 Namibian women in South African jails.
He noted that most of the women are young people who were lured into trafficking drugs by the promise of money. Most were recruited in bars with promises of lucrative business opportunities and trips overseas.
The two suspects will appear in court in Windhoek on Monday. More arrests are expected as investigations continue.