Air Namibia employee busted for drugs in JHB

03 May 2016 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 03 MAY (NAMPA) – An Air Namibia employee is on Tuesday expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court in South Africa’s Gauteng Province on charges of drug dealing and defeating the ends of justice.
The man, two customs officials and a Nigerian national were arrested after close to 1,5 kilogrammes of cocaine worth nearly R425 000 was found in their possession at a hotel, according to a media statement issued by the National Media Centre Corporation Communication of the South African Police Service last Thursday.
Air Namibia’s acting spokesperson, Wimpie van Vuuren on Tuesday confirmed that an employee of the company was arrested last week.
The suspect is not a cabin crew member as earlier reported and is stationed at the national airline’s office in Johannesburg, he said.
“Unfortunately, this is the only information that we have so far. There is no report yet, and police investigations are still on. As soon as more details are available, we will inform you,” he stressed.
Members of the South African Police Service’s Trans International Investigation Team and Crime Intelligence arrested the Air Namibia employee, two customs officials and a drug mule.
“Information at the police’s disposal showed that the two customs officials escorted the 29-year-old suspect to a hotel, where they were joined by an Air Namibia employee, who apparently came to collect the ejected drug bullets from the suspect’s body.
“The alleged drug mule had landed a few hours earlier from Sao Paolo, Brazil, and was apparently in transit to Lagos, Nigeria. The customs officers have been charged with defeating the ends of justice while the drug mule and the airport employee will face drug dealing charges,” it noted.
All of the four suspects are currently in custody pending their first court appearance.
Meanwhile, Namibian Police Force spokesperson Inspector Slogan Matheus told Nampa upon inquiry that no further details on the matter are available yet.