12 Sep 2013 06:30
WINDHOEK, 12 SEP (NAMPA) - Laboratory results to determine the authenticity of an illegal substance found on an alleged drug dealer, are still not ready, the Windhoek High Court heard on Thursday.
This was officially confirmed by Public Prosecutor Erick Naikaku when the suspect, Charlton Blaauw, made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Luderitz Street here.
The 32-year-old Blaauw, alias 'Shoetas', was arrested during a sting operation by members of the Namibian Police Force's (NamPol) Drug Law Enforcement Unit in April this year.
His case of dealing in prohibited substances was then remanded until 29 November this year in order to allow the State to obtain the laboratory results of the drugs.
Blaauw appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Hileni Kavara this morning.
He is free on bail of N.dollars 15 000 which was granted by Kavara at the end of the hearing of his formal bail application in the same court on 09 April this year.
The bail was granted with no bail conditions attached.
Blaauw was caught in April this year with 10 units of crack cocaine and 2.5 grammes of cocaine of which the value is unknown, during an undercover operation involving the Chief of NamPol's Drug Law Enforcement Unit, Deputy Commissioner Hermie van Zyl.
At the hearing of the bail application the State, led by Public Prosecutor Naikaku, unsuccessfully opposed the granting of bail on the grounds that while out on bail for previous offences involving cocaine, Blaauw kept on plying his alleged illegal trade.
The State further alleged that Blaauw, who is apparently well-known to members of NamPol's drug squad under his pseudonym Shoetas, sold the crack cocaine to an undercover agent during a sting operation.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Boris Isaaks is representing Blaauw.