NamPol burns huge consignment of drugs

11 Apr 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 APR (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Drugs Law Enforcement Unit Monday destroyed a consignment of over 500 kilogrammes of cannabis, Mandrax tablets, ephedrine powders and manufactured crack cocaine powders.
The total value of the drugs is N.dollars 2 250 67,33.
The drugs, which were burned at an incinerator located at the Government-owned Veterinary Research Centre at Farm Berg Vlug, east of Windhoek, were mainly seized in Windhoek, Gobabis and Rehoboth as well as at border posts across the country between 2004 and 2010, as well during 2015.
The drugs were transported in a fully loaded seven tonne truck belonging to the Namibian Police Force.
Briefing the media at the farm, NamPol spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said the police decided to burn the confiscated drugs after the successful completion of suspect prosecution.
According to Kanguatjivi, all the people arrested in connection with the burned drugs were foreign nationals from neighbouring South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, while others were from Swaziland and Lesotho. He did not disclose how many people were prosecuted.
“All of these people’s cases are completed in favour of the prosecuting authority and we are now just destroying the drugs. All the suspected drug dealers are serving their punishment (prison terms) in various prisons across the country.”
He said NamPol regularly destroys drugs after the related drug possession or dealing in drugs cases are finalised in courts.