Suspected drug mules to plead to charges next week

13 Sep 2013 08:20
WINDHOEK, 13 SEP (NAMPA) - Two foreigners arrested here in December 2012 for being in possession of an illicit substance, will plead to the charges levelled against them next Wednesday.
Zimbabwean Priscilla Masa, 26, and 38-year-old Sisa Heather Buthelezi from South Africa made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Ingrid Lerato Unengu on Thursday, where their case was remanded until 18 September this year for the purposes of plea.
They are charged with dealing in prohibited dangerous substances, the illegal importing of prohibited drugs into Namibia as well as a charge of illegal possession of prohibited drugs.
“I confirm my appearance for the two accused persons. The date - 18 September 2013 - is in order. My instructions are now to finalise the matter, and a plea of guilty to the charges are possibly to be entered by the two accused persons,” said Windhoek-based defence lawyer Vetu Uanivi.
The two women were once again remanded in police custody at the Wanaheda Police Station's holding cells in Katutura, with no option of posting bail.
They were arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Drug Law-Enforcement Unit in December last year.
The substance found in their possession has been identified as Ephedrine Schedule IV, used to manufacture cold/flu medicines and other varieties of medicines.
It is reported that drug-dealers, however, also use this substance to make illicit drugs, amongst others Tik (crystal methamphetamine), Mandrax and Ecstasy.
Public Prosecutor George Mahoney handled the State's case.