Truck driver arrested with mandrax

06 Mar 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police are concerned about the growing market for drugs in Namibia.
This is according to Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi, who said on Sunday during the weekly crime briefing it is sad that communities stand by and look on as young people use drugs despite knowing the dangers thereof.
“Some community members opt to be bystanders, saying that it does not concern them. Dealing in drugs and any other substances affects everybody and as a community we need to fight this because it is very destructive, particularly to the youth,” said Shikwambi.
This was after a truck driver was arrested after being found in possession of drugs valued at N.dollars 291 000.
The suspect was arrested last Wednesday at the Trans Kalahari Border Post at approximately 23h00.
The man was driving from Botswana to Windhoek when at the border post, police officers and customs officials asked him to drive the truck through the scanner.
As soon as the scanner started detecting suspicious items stored in the cabin of the truck, he locked the truck’s doors and sped off towards Namibia.
He was apparently seen throwing a bag out of the truck before turning back and driving toward the border post.
Officers searched the area and found a bag containing 4 293 mandrax tablets; 430 pieces of broken mandrax and mandrax powder weighing 684 grams with a combined valued of N.dollars 291 000.
Shikwambi said parents should be wary and deter their children from using drugs.
“This is a mature man in this case, so as wives what are we doing? We should play a role in knowing our husbands and children are on the right side of the law,” she added.
The suspect has been arrested and is expected to appear in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Police investigations in the matter continue.